The Marlins will explore trade options for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, reports MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Hernandez is out of options, and has been told he did not make the Opening Day roster. If a trade partner cannot be found, Hernandez will be released.
Hernandez, 25, struggled in his 173-plate appearance big league debut in 2012 with the Pirates and Marlins. He hit .257/.353/.346 in 281 Triple-A plate appearances, playing mostly left field. Prior to the 2012 season, Baseball America ranked Hernandez 20th among Pirates prospects, praising his center field defense but questioning his offense. Signed by the Tigers out of Venezuela in 2005, Hernandez joined Jair Jurrjens in the 2007 deal with the Braves that brought Edgar Renteria to Detroit. In June 2009 he went to Pittsburgh with Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton for Nate McLouth. Finally, the Bucs traded him to Miami at last year's trade deadline with a draft pick for Gaby Sanchez and Kyle Kaminska.