Former Houston Astros first baseman and fan favorite Yuli Gurriel is reportedly close to signing with the Miami Marlins in free agency according to’s Mark Feinsand. Gurriel has been a mainstay with the Astros for the last seven seasons and many fans have expressed their displeasure in not bringing him back for the 2023 MLB season.

Instead, Houston opted to pursue and sign first baseman José Abreu to replace Gurriel in the starting lineup. It is an improvement at the position in terms of offensive production, but Gurriel’s presence in the clubhouse cannot be understated. Chemistry is so important, especially for a team that has their eyes set on a World Series seasons after season.