Marlins Close To Signing John Buck

3:53pm: Buck's three-year deal with the Marlins will be worth $18MM, tweets Rosenthal.  This will be Florida's biggest free agent signing since Carlos Delgado in 2005.

2:03pm: The Marlins are close to signing Buck to a three-year deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  We had speculated on the three-year possibility just a few hours ago

10:26am: The Marlins are working hard to sign free agent catcher John Buck, an official from another team told Ed Price of AOL FanHouse (Twitter link).  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Marlins are definitely interested in Buck, but not close to a deal.  Yesterday, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos described Buck's market as "very, very strong" and implied his agents at ACES seek a multiyear deal.  Buck, 30, hit .281/.314/.489 with 20 home runs in 437 plate appearances for Toronto this year.  He signed for $2MM after being non-tendered by the Royals.

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reported yesterday that the Marlins and A.J. Pierzynski share mutual interest, but he might be too pricey for the Fish.


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148 Comments on "Marlins Close To Signing John Buck"


4 years 8 months ago

Since when do the Marlins sign players coming off their best season to multi-year deals?

4 years 8 months ago

they don’t. this is very strange. i don’t buy it.

FishFan03
4 years 8 months ago

you read my mind lol.. hopefully this is a sign of things to come

gigantes2425
4 years 8 months ago

Bad things. This guy is horrible. He has a career year and he going to get overpaid. He lingers between 220-240 every year and now he’s good. I’d be pissed if I was a marlins fan.

mlbscout6
4 years 8 months ago

Marlins Front Office is a joke. This signing just killed any chance we had of making it to the playoffs for the next 3 years.

FishFan03
4 years 8 months ago

damn with fans like you guys its no wonder we fill up the stadium every night… good positivity guys

Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

Must be the new coach

Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

Must be the new coach

4 years 8 months ago

[As this becomes more official]…WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Since they couldn’t sign Dan Uggla and had extra money to spend…

I love this deal. John Buck is one of my favorite players in Baseball!

4 years 8 months ago

How is Buck one of your favorite players in baseball? Or maybe a better question–who isn’t one of your favorite players in baseball?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Ricky Romero/Cameron Maybin/Ricky Nolasco

bbxxj
4 years 8 months ago

If they trade Uggla they would have more than enough to sign Buck. Uggla for Buck and prospects and even a bit more extra cash might be a pretty good deal for the Fish.

dbreer23
4 years 8 months ago

Sure, they would be able to afford to do it…but why do it at all?

MisterMarlin
4 years 8 months ago

Depending on who the relievers were, it’s not a good deal. They need to hold on to Uggla and let someone else pick up Buck (assuming we can’t have both).

MisterMarlin
4 years 8 months ago

Depending on who the relievers were, it’s not a good deal. They need to hold on to Uggla and let someone else pick up Buck (assuming we can’t have both).

TheBunk
4 years 8 months ago

John Buck will cost more than A.J. Pierzynski.

$1529282
4 years 8 months ago

My thoughts exactly. If Pierzynski is too pricey, how can they afford John Buck? AJ can at least be had on a one-year deal. Buck will require two years at least, and probably at a higher annual salary than Pierzynski (or at the very least the same annual salary).

RiverKKiller999
4 years 8 months ago

I would have thought the Rangers would be all over John Buck right now since Molina is thinking about retiring or is.

dbreer23
4 years 8 months ago

Rangers will likely go after V-Mart first…

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

The Marlins are probably going hard for him to trade him to the Red Sox to get more relievers.

mlbscout6
4 years 8 months ago

Except you can’t trade a Free Agent the same year that he is signed. The Marlins are just idiots

gs01
4 years 8 months ago

I would think that Buck would want to play for a winning team for the first time in his career, he’s not getting any younger.

Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

He played for the Blue Jays last year, they are both young and good.

Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

He played for the Blue Jays last year, they are both young and good.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

AA should resign Buck (he’s stated he prefers to play in Toronto and will let them match any deal he recieves) Then use him as the centerpiece to Florida for Uggla.

4 years 8 months ago

I’m 99.9% sure you can’t do that. There’s gotta be a rule which prevents sign and trades. I don’t think you can sign someone and trade them before April or May.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

It was a joke. . . but i’m pretty sure that it would be perfectly within the rules.

RahZid
4 years 8 months ago

Any FA has a full no trade clause until June 15th. Same as every off-season.

Philip Marlowe
4 years 8 months ago

John Buck – forever in blue jeans, babe.

mozelpuffski
4 years 8 months ago

i do not see the jays signing then trading. they would loose their supplement pick by doing so. btw i believe he is looking for 3-4 year deal at around 5mil a season.

4 years 8 months ago

If Gregg Zaun is healthy, I see him as a more realistic target for the Marlins.

Otis26
4 years 8 months ago

John Buck will sign with whomever offers the highest dollar. He will do this because he knows that he will never, ever repeat what he did in 2010. It was a career year and he is going to cash in on it.

Then he will revert to what he really is – a decent backup.

At the end of the day he’s still John Freaking Buck.

4 years 8 months ago

can you blame him?

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

I wish I had a middle name as badass as “Freaking”. Oh well…

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

It doesnt beat those few Yankees that have “bleeping” for a middle name

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 8 months ago

I really don’t think anybody should go beyond 2 years/$14MM guaranteed with a $1MM buy out and a $6MM option, because he is bound to decline.

mozelpuffski
4 years 8 months ago

3 yrs 15mil is prob what he is aiming for – your deal is better for him.

wickedkevin
4 years 8 months ago

I honestly expected him to go to the Sox. But I bet the Marlins were one of the few teams going three years.

wickedkevin
4 years 8 months ago

I honestly expected him to go to the Sox. But I bet the Marlins were one of the few teams going three years.

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

The Marlins are about a sign a 30-year-old catcher with a lifetime OPS of .722 for three years?

Good luck with that!

airohpue13
4 years 8 months ago

Those fish are feeling feisty this offseason.

airohpue13
4 years 8 months ago

Those fish are feeling feisty this offseason.

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

The Marlins are about a sign a 30-year-old catcher with a lifetime OPS of .722 for three years?

Good luck with that!

danthebaseballman
4 years 8 months ago

this could be a huge deal for the fish if they can pull it off.

4 years 8 months ago

i’m trying to understand it. why do you think it is huge, seriously? i was looking at his stats, and he is avg. before this past year. there has to be a reason the sox, jays, and marlins all want him. could you explain?

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

his leadership and game calling and ability to work with a young staff is invaluable.

iancahill
4 years 8 months ago

His only claim to fame before 2010 was being the personal catcher to Gil Meche….look how that turned out…

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

Because he had so much to work with in Kansas City..

After a rough start to 2010, Buck did a great job with all the young pitching stars the jays have.

4 years 8 months ago

thank you. i was hoping that was it.

soxfan0928
4 years 8 months ago

Guess the Sox are going to either 1. pony up for Victor, or 2. see what Salty has to offer. I would be ok with either, but I know Theo was interested in Buck earlier this offseason.