Marlins Notes: Free Agents, Castellanos, Urena, Chen, Mejia

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By Mark Polishuk | November 21, 2019 at 5:09pm CDTWhile the Marlins have clarified that redesigning the offense is a need this winter, the group would want to avoid long haul contracts so as not to hinder its more youthful position players, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes.  Any number of veterans could fit as transient includes for 2020, however it means the Marlins likely won’t sign Marcell Ozuna or Nicholas Castellanos, two free specialists Miami was reputed to have enthusiasm for signing.  Jackson noticed that the Fish aren’t quick to surrender the draft pick important to sign Ozuna (who dismissed a Cardinals’ passing offer), while Castellanos is most likely likewise improbable, however the Marlins “could enter the offering if he’s as yet accessible in half a month and ready to acknowledge a shorter deal.”  One would envision that if Castellanos was available to a momentary arrangement, notwithstanding, he may want to take such an agreement with a battling group as opposed to the reconstructing Marlins.

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Likewise from Jackson’s piece, “the Marlins are inclining toward offering” an agreement to Jose Urena, who is anticipated for a $4MM compensation in discretion this offseason.  After strong outcomes in 2017- 18, Urena battled to a 5.21 ERA over 84 2/3 innings in a season hampered by damage, and it’s conceivable Miami could now select to utilize him as a reliever instead of the rotation.  Even for a low-finance group like the Marlins, $4MM doesn’t appear too costly a whole for a pitcher with Urena’s resume, however Jackson takes note of that Miami could delicate Urena an agreement once in a while discharge him before Opening Day (therefore paying just a small amount of his settled upon pay) on the off chance that they don’t care for what they find in Spring Training.

Following a bustling day of program increments and subtractions on Wednesday, leader of baseball activities Michael Hill talked about the group’s moves with columnists (counting MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro and Wells Dusenbury of the South Florida Sun Sentinel).  The most prominent exchanges was Wei-Yin Chen being assigned for task, which everything except authoritatively finished the southpaw’s baffling residency in Miami in the wake of marking a five-year, $80MM bargain in the 2015- 16 offseason.  Chen still has one year and $22MM staying on that agreement, however the DFA “was not about money.  It was tied in with building the best and most profound 40- man list to enable us to contend in 2020 and past,” Hill said.  Since Chen wasn’t relied upon to be a major donor next season and his exchange esteem was for all intents and purposes non-existent, is anything but a stun that the Marlins felt that Chen’s list spot was better used to shield a youthful player from the Rule 5 Draft.

All things considered, six players were added to the 40- man ahead of time of the Rule 5 cutoff time — shortstop Jazz Chisholm, first baseman Lewin Diaz, and right-handers Sixto Sanchez, Nick Neidert, Humberto Mejia and Edward Cabrera.  It appears as though Mejia was the main individual from the gathering who was certainly not an easy decision, as his incorporation on the 40- man “took a ton of talk among our gathering,” Hill said. “He combat wounds in his history, however you’re discussing an exceptionally physical right-gave pitcher with three pitches and he’s an outrageous strike-thrower.  We feel he’s a future significant association starter and we didn’t figure we should leave that profile exposed.”  As Hill noted, Mejia “pitched his direction onto the program” following a solid 2019 season that saw the righty post a 2.09 ERA over 90 1/3 innings at the A-ball and high-A ball levels.

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