Pierre was brought in during Spring Training as a non-roster invite, and wasn’t promised a spot on the team. However the veteran was able to play his way onto the Opening Day roster, and spent the majority of the year as the team’s starting left fielder. He was also one of the team’s leaders in the clubhouse.The Phillies had hoped to re-sign Pierre, but the free-agent has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins.
Pierre hit .307 with ten doubles, six triples, and one home run. He drove in 25, and also stole 37 bases. He’ll join a Miami team that just several days ago held a firesale that sent almost all of their star talent up north to the Toronto Blue Jays in a move that will save the franchise over $150 million.
As effective as Pierre was for the Phillies a year ago, there would have been some risk in bringing him back. At age 35, there’s no guarantee that he would have been able to remain as productive as he was in 2012. The team also has a limited amount of payroll available to them, and with guys like Nate Schierholtz, John Mayberry Jr., and Darin Ruf already on the team they simply couldn’t afford to match the $1.6 million offer that Pierre received from the Marlins.