Unless something drastic happens, it is unlikely the Miami Marlins will make any more roster moves as the team heads to Spring Training in less than three weeks.
Miami announced a trade for pitcher Severino Gonzalez on Tuesday, which now fills its 40-man roster and will more than likely mean any other transaction would come due to an injury or another team looking to acquire players off the organization’s roster. The move to trade for yet another pitcher also means the team will more than likely carry six relievers and only for bats of the bench.
There had been some talk recently of both Miami and Atlanta showing interest in re-signing outfielder Jeff Francoeur. Francoeur was open to the possibility of playing first base as well and splitting time with Justin Bour. There has also been discussion about giving catcher J.T. Realmuto time in place of Bour against left handed pitching.
Bour will get more time in the Marlins’ lineup against lefties, management has stated.
It now appears the Braves are the frontrunners to reclaim the bat they sent to Miami late last season.
Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds had also been a topic of conversation, but those rumors have quelled as well.
As Joe Frisaro of MLB.com pointed out in his story earlier in the week, the team could still bring in some non-roster invitees to Spring Training, but nothing is on the immediate horizon in terms of signing a free agent to a guaranteed big league contract.
"It's not at the forefront of things for us," Hill said. "Our goal was to create as much pitching depth and quality as we could. I think [we've achieved that] with all the pitching that we've added this season. We've really made that a focus and gone out and to make sure that we made that happen this offseason."
Another reason the Marlins are more than likely done making moves is financial considerations. Financially, the Marlins are at their payroll limit, which will be around $110 million. To add an established player to even a modest contract of, say, $5 million would require the approval of owner Jeffrey Loria.