From Joe Fisaro, MLB.com
MIAMI — As the Marlins are redirecting and getting younger, the club also is adding a veteran who was a major part of their 2003 World Series championship team.
According to multiple sources, Juan Pierre has agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.
The 35-year-old outfielder will be making his second stint with the organization, offering veteran leadership, a tremendous work ethic and speed.
Pierre appeared in 130 games with the Phillies in 2012, batting .307 with 37 stolen bases.
Entering his 14th big league season, Pierre previously was with the Marlins in 2003-05. He set the franchise single-season stolen-base record of 65 in ’03, when he batted .305 and scored 100 runs.
The Marlins traded Pierre to the Cubs after the 2005 season in a deal that brought Ricky Nolasco to Miami. Nolasco has since become the organization’s all-time wins leader.
Pierre previously was a teammate of Miami manager Mike Redmond.
One of the hardest workers in the game, Pierre is a quiet leader who regularly is the first player to report to the stadium. During Spring Training, it was common for him to be in the batting cage before 7 a.m.
Pierre is a career .297 hitter who has 2,141 hits and 591 stolen bases.
During his first stint with the organization, Pierre played center field. But he is expected to be used in left field, largely because of his below-average throwing arm.
Pierre is a candidate to hit at the top of the order or be used in a platoon situation.
The Marlins have some options for center field, going either with Justin Ruggiano, Gorkys Hernandez or Bryan Petersen.
Durability has been a source of pride for the left-handed-hitting Pierre. In his three seasons previously with the Marlins, he appeared in all 162 games in each year. In 2003, he played in every inning.
Pierre had a standout season in ’04, batting .326 with 221 hits, 45 stolen bases and 100 runs scored.
Bringing back Pierre comes at a time the Marlins are finalizing a blockbuster 12-player trade with the Blue Jays. Miami has agreed to send Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays for seven players, including infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria.
Miami still is looking to add some power to the lineup.
Pierre has 17 career home runs, with one in 394 at-bats last season.