The Miami Marlins have claimed 25-year old lefty reliever Elvis Araujo off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. Araujo pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year in which he was 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. He has now pitched in 72 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. Araujo has given up 64 hits and 36 walks while whiffing 63 batters in his first 62 innings in the show. Araujo will get a shot to win a spot in the Marlins’ pen next spring.
The Miami Marlins have signed 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Kyle Lobstein to a minor league deal. He pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He also pitched in 20 games (6 starts) in AAA-ball for the Pirates and Orioles last year in which he was 1-3 with 1 save, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Lobstein has now pitched in 34 games (17 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 6-10 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Lobstein will get a shot to win a spot in the bullpen or the rotation next spring.
The Miami Marlins have signed 29-year old lefty reliever Caleb Thielbar to a minor league deal. Thielbar pitched in 42 games (0 starts) for St. Paul of the Independent ball last year and he was 5-2 with 4 saves, a 2.39 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He only gave up 50 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 56 batters in his 64 innings in the minors last year. Thielbar last pitched in the show back in 2015 for the Minnesota Twins. Thielbar has pitched in 109 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 5-3 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Thielbar will have a pretty good shot of winning a spot in the bullpen next spring.
The Miami Marlins have signed 26-year old lefty reliever Frank Garces to a minor league deal. Garces pitched in 37 games (18 starts) in AAA-ball for the Padres last year and he was 6-8 with 1 save, a 4.41 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Garces last pitched in the show back in 2015 for the San Diego Padres. Garces has pitched in 55 games (1 start) in his first tw0 years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Garces has given up 49 hits (10 homers) and 23 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 47 innings in the show. Garces will get a shot to make the Marlins’ bullpen next spring.
The Miami Marlins have inked 27-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Paulino to a minor league deal. Paulino played in AA+AAA-ball for the Twins last year and he was 25 of 109 (.229 avg, .587 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers and 11 RBI. Paulino has now played in 524 games in his first 9 years in the minors and he is 421 of 1,706 (.247 avg, .640 OPS) with 182 runs scored, 11 homers, 190 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Paulino’s signing was likely a depth one and little more for the Marlins, as he will likely start the 2017 season in AAA-ball.
55-year old manager Don Mattingly of the Miami Marlins finished #5 in the voting for the 2016 National League Manager of the Year Award. Mattingly led the Marlins to a 79-82 (49.1%) record in 2016, his first year with the team. Mattingly is already #8 in franchise history with his 79 wins as the manager. Mattingly is now 525-445 (.541) in his first six years as a manager in the show during the regular season. He is also 8-11 (.421) during the playoffs as a Major League manager. Mattingly had to deal with a lot of injuries this year and he kept the team together after the death of Jose Fernandez. If Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria shows patience, Mattingly is the right guy to get him back to the playoffs in the near future.
24-year old righty starting pitcher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins finished #7 in the voting for the 2016 National League Cy Young Award. Fernandez pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Marlins in 2016 and he was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Fernandez gave up 149 hits and 55 walks while whiffing 253 batters in 182 1/3 innings for the Marlins last year. Fernandez pitched in 76 games (all starts) in his four years with the Marlins and he was 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Fernandez was the N.L. Rookie of the Year back in 2013, when he pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Marlins in which he was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Fernandez finished up his time with the Marlins, #9 in team history with his 38 wins. Fernandez is #16 in innings pitched (471 1/3), #8 in strikeouts (589) and he is tied for #15 in games started (76) in Marlins’ history. Fernandez started 42 games at Marlins Park in his career and he was an amazing 29-2 with a 1.49 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP there! Sadly, Fernandez died in a boat crash on September 25, 2016 at the age of 24.
24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Christian Yelich of the Miami Marlins has won the first Silver Slugger Award of his career in 2016! Yelich played in 155 games for the Marlins this year and he was 172 of 578 (.298 avg, .859 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 21 homers, 98 RBI and 9 stolen bases. Yelich has now played in 487 games in his first four years with the Marlins and he is 549 of 1,876 (.293 avg, .798 OPS) with 269 runs scored, 41 homers, 212 RBI and 56 stolen bases. Yelich has a very bright future for the Marlins.
The Miami Marlins have declined their option for the 2017 on 39-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodney, which was valued at $4.5 million bucks. Rodney was an All-Star for the Padres before he was traded to the Marlins where he struggled. Rodney pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Marlins last year and he was 2-3 with 8 saves, a 5.89 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. He gave up 41 hits and 25 walks while whiffing 41 batters in 36 2/3 innings for the Marlins, as he was hit hard and he was really wild for them. Rodney pitched in 67 games (0 starts) overall last year for the Padres and Marlins in which he was 2-4 with 25 saves, a 3.44 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Rodney has now pitched in 767 games (0 starts) in his first 14 years in the show and he is 39-59 with 261 saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Rodney is #32 in Major League history with his 261 saves and he has been an All-Star three times so far in his career. This was the right move for the Marlins, as Rodney didn’t pitch that well for them last year. But, I don’t think Rodney will have too hard of a time finding a new team to pitch for in 2017 this winter.
The Miami Marlins have inked 27-year old righty swinging 1B/3B/OF David Vidal to a minor league deal. Vidal played in 85 games for Somerset of the Independent League and he was 101 of 316 (.320 avg, 1.046 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 26 homers, 62 RBI and 5 stolen bases. Vidal played in 463 games in his five years in the minors for the Reds and he was 409 of 1,618 (.253 avg, .746 OPS) with 238 runs scored, 52 homers, 240 RBI and 6 stolen bases. This is just the Marlins taking a flier on a guy that had a great year in Independent Ball last year.