11/19/12 5:24 PM ET
Marlins bring back Pierre with one-year deal
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Juan Pierre, a major figure on the franchise's 2003 World Series championship team, has officially returned. The Marlins on Monday announced the one-year signing of Pierre, who reached agreement on Saturday night. The transaction was finalized after the speedster passed his physical, which was taken earlier in the day.
Miami doesn't announce financial terms, but Pierre will make $1.6 million. The veteran, who spent 2012 with the Phillies, will be Miami's primary left fielder and leadoff hitter.
"I think Juan Pierre is going to see significant time in left field," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "He can man the leadoff spot for us. We're all very comfortable with that."
Pierre is a welcome addition for a Miami team that is going through a major transformation. On Monday, the team announced its megadeal with the Blue Jays.
The Marlins officially dealt Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto for seven players: Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, Jeff Mathis, Jake Marisnick and Anthony DeSclafani.
"I think it's a big deal for us to bring JP home," Beinfest said.
Pierre was a Marlin from 2003-05, and he was traded prior to the 2006 season to the Cubs for Ricky Nolasco, Sergio Mitre and Renyel Pinto.
In 2004, he set the franchise record with 221 hits, and in '03, he stole 65 bases, which remain a Marlins mark.
In his lone season with the Phillies, Pierre batted .307 in 130 games, and he stole 37 bases.
In his first stint with the Marlins, Pierre was a teammate of new manager Mike Redmond.
"I think he will really help Mike Redmond and these young players," Beinfest said. "JP is everything that is right about Major League Baseball. He's just a great guy and a great player. It's been a while, and we've missed him. It was time for him to come home, and we're happy to have him."