Evidently the Miami Marlins weren’t done wheeling and dealing after adding to both the starting rotation and the bullpen. The team announced on Tuesday that it had acquired right-hander Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies for either a player to be named or cash considerations.
Adding Gonzalez, who has options, means Miami's roster is now at the maximum of 40.
Gonzalez made 27 relief appearances for the Phillies last year, and he went 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA. In 2015, he was 3-3 with a 7.92 ERA in seven starts. He's thrown a total of 66 big league innings.
A native of Panama, Gonzalez provides organizational depth, and he will be groomed as a starter. He projects to open the season at Triple-A New Orleans.
The move should help the team after it traded three prospects to the Cincinnati Reds for starter Dan Straily last week. Both Austin Brice and Luis Castillo were part of that transaction, leaving a thin minor league system even thinner.
At two Minor League levels for the Phillies last year, Gonzalez combined for a 2-1 record with a 2.93 ERA in 46 innings.
The fact that the Marlins' roster is now at 40 is an indication the club isn't looking to add another established player to a guaranteed contract.
There had also been talk the Marlins would seek another bat to help the bench, but now it appears the organization will use four players in the field and look to carry 11 pitchers with six coming out of the bullpen.
Gonzalez signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an international free agent in April 2011.
Playing for the Reading Fightin Phils in 2013, González had a 2.00 earned run average with 119 strikeouts over 103 2/3 innings pitched. After the season he won the Paul Owens Award as the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
González made his Major League debut on April 28, 2015, against the St. Louis Cardinals.