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Report: Marlins make offer to Leiter11/21/2004 10:03 AM ET
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- A chance to pitch is just one of the options the Marlins appear to be dangling to veteran left-hander Al Leiter.
According to published reports, the Marlins have offered Leiter a one-year contract and the option of moving into the broadcast booth as a television analyst after he retires.
The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Leiter has received an offer from the Marlins. The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel also reported the Marlins' interest in Leiter.
A source told MLB.com that it would take about $7 million to sign Leiter, who is also thinking about returning to the Mets or signing with the Yankees.
A member of the Marlins' 1997 World Series championship team, Leiter has a South Florida home in Weston.
Traded to the Mets in a deal that brought back A.J. Burnett, Leiter could be an alternative starting pitcher on a staff that may lose free agent All-Star Carl Pavano.
Leiter broke in with the Yankees in 1987. Last year, with the Mets, the veteran was 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA.
Leiter was with the Marlins in 1996 and 1997. He was 27-21 in 55 starts for Florida.
The prospect of Leiter serving on the Marlins broadcast team in the future could be intriguing. Leiter was part of the Fox broadcast team during the playoffs, and Marlins TV play-by-play announcer Len Kasper signed a multi-year contract to broadcast for the Cubs on Friday.
The Marlins are also working on re-signing backup infielder Damion Easley.
The team could be close to losing veteran backup catcher Mike Redmond, who has spent his entire career in the Marlins organization.
The relocated Washington team and the Phillies, along with eight American League clubs, have interest in Redmond.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.