The Miami Marlins have signed 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Lough. Lough played in 30 games earlier this year for the Phillies and he is 16 of 67 (.239 avg, .655 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBI and 1 stolen base. Lough has now played in 342 games in his first five years in the show and he is 190 of 749 (.254 avg, .671 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 13 homers, 67 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Lough could help the Marlins when rosters expand in September.
24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Christian Yelich has taken his game to a much higher level for the Miami Marlins so far in 2016. Yelich has played in 120 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 141 of 452 (.312 avg, .877 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 33 doubles, 2 triples, 15 homers, 74 RBI and 6 stolen bases. Since July 1st, Yelich has played in 46 games for the Marlins in which he is 59 of 188 (.314 avg) with 29 runs scored, 9 homers, 36 RBI and 2 stolen bases. The Marlins need Yelich to keep up the good work with the bat, as he can help make up for some of the pop that they have lost due to Giancarlo Stanton‘s injury.
The Miami Marlins have acquired 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves as part of a three team deal also involving the Texas Rangers. Francoeur played in 99 games for the Braves so far this year and he is 64 of 257 (.249 avg, .671 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 7 homers, 33 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,455 games in his first 12 years in the show and he is 1,359 of 5,210 (.261 avg, .720 OPS) with 622 runs scored, 160 homers, 697 RBIs and 54 stolen bases. He will likely platoon with Ichiro in right field. The Braves got 24-year old SS Dylan Moore from the Rangers in this deal. The Marlins sent 22-year old righty swinging C/1B Matt Foley to the Braves as part of this deal. Foley played in 14 games in Rookie+A-ball this year for the Marlins and he was 9 for 35 (.257 avg, .644 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBI. Foley played in 27 games in his two years in the minors for the Marlins and he was 12 of 59 (.203 avg, .518 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBI. The Marlins also sent two international bonus slots to the Rangers as part of this deal (#37 and #97). The Rangers will also be sending a international bonus slot (#93) to the Rangers as part of this deal. This is a win now move for the Marlins and I think adding Francoeur will help them.
Righty swinging Charles Johnson was an outstanding defensive catcher with some power at the plate. He played in 587 games in his 7 years with the Marlins and he was 467 of 1,936 (.241 avg, .742 OPS) with 204 runs scored, 75 homers, 277 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He was an All-Star two times with the Marlins and he also won 4 Gold Glove Awards while playing for them. Johnson also played in 16 games in the post-season for the Marlins and he was 14 of 63 (.222 avg) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers and 10 RBIs. He helped the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series. Johnson played in all seven games in the 1997 World Series and he was 10 for 28 (.357 avg, 844 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. Johnson’s best year for the Marlins came back in 2001, when he was an All-Star. Johnson played in 128 games for the Marlins in 2001 and he was 117 of 451 (.259 avg, .771 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 18 homers and 75 RBIs. Johnson is still #13 in games played in Marlins’ history with 587. He is also #29 in batting average (.241), #24 in OBP (.324), #20 in SLG (.418), #20 in OPS (.742), #22 in runs scored (204), #18 in hits (467), tied for #12 in doubles (111), #13 in homers (75), #13 in RBIs (277) and he is #11 in walks (232) in Marlins’ history!
The Miami Marlins have placed 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Derek Dietrich on the 15-day disabled list due to a right knee contusion. Dietrich has played in 106 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 85 of 308 (.276 avg, .772 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 4 homers, 32 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 302 games in his first four years with the Marlins and he is 226 of 938 (.241 avg, .734 OPS) with 130 runs scored, 28 homers, 96 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Marlins hope that Dietrich only has to miss a couple of weeks, because they could sure use his versatility right now.
The Miami Marlins have claimed 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Oswaldo Arcia off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Arcia played in 53 games for the Twins and Rays this year and he was 36 of 157 (.229 avg, .698 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 6 homers, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Arcia has now played in 272 games in his first four years in the show and he is 226 of 938 (.241 avg, .734 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 42 homers, 127 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. I like this pickup for the Marlins as Arcia has some big time power from the left side of the plate and he is still young!
UPDATE: (8/25/2016) – The Miami Marlins have designated Oswaldo Arcia for assignment. Arcia played in 2 games for the Marlins and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS). He lost his roster spot when the Marlins needed it for Jeff Francoeur.
UPDATE II: (8/28/2016) – The Marlins have lost Oswaldo Arcia on waivers to the San Diego Padres.
The Miami Marlins have activated 29-year old righty reliever A.J. Ramos off of the D.L. and he will resume being the closer of the team with Fernando Rodney moving back to being the set-up man. Ramos has pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 1-1 with 32 saves, a 3.05 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He was named an All-Star this year for the first time in his Major League career. To make room for Ramos on the active roster, the Marlins have sent 26-year old righty reliever Brian Ellington to AAA. Ellington has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 0.92 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Ellington has now pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Marlins and he is 4-2 with a 2.01 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Ellington will be back with the Marlins in September when rosters expand, if not before.
The Miami Marlins have signed 27-year old switch-hitting 2B/3B Danny Muno to a minor league deal. Muno played in 80 games in AAA-ball for the White Sox and Mets earlier this year and he was 44 of 197 (.223 avg) with 21 runs scored, 1 homer, 24 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Muno has now played in 548 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 485 of 1,790 (.271 avg, .785 OPS) with 307 runs scored, 35 homers, 240 RBIs and 59 stolen bases. Muno’s only Major League experience came back in 2015 for the New York Mets. Muno played in 17 games for the Mets in 2015 and he was 4 for 27 (.148 avg, .443 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base. The Marlins could bring up Muno next month if he looks good in the next couple of weeks in the minors.
The Miami Marlins have designated 34-year old lefty reliever/starter Chris Narveson for assignment. Narveson pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Marlins this year and he was 1-0 with a 8.64 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He has now pitched in 118 games (65 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 30-19 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Marlins moving forward.
The Miami Marlins have called up 28-year old righty swinging 1B Xavier Scruggs. Scruggs played in 93 games in AAA-ball for the Marlins this year and he was 92 of 317 (.290 avg, .973 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 21 homers, 50 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has played in 26 games in his first two years in the show and he is 14 of 57 (.246 avg, .593 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Scruggs could get a shot at real playing time at 1B, as the Marlins have struggled to get production there since the injury to Justin Bour.