With 40-man roster full, who could be on the chopping block?

When closer Heath Bell officially becomes a Miami Marlin he will max out the Marlins’ 40-man roster. With the Marlins just beginning to make signings, the question is who will the Marlins remove from the roster if/when they add free agents? The non-tender deadline is December 12, so a few spots could open up, but until then it will be full. Here are some candidates to be removed from the Marlins’ 40-man roster:


Arquimedes Caminero- The 24-year-old righty only made one appearance in 2011 and it was on June 23 for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. The Dominican native was added to the 40-man last off-season after spending 2010 in Low-A Greensboro. In 48 games out of the bullpen, he owned a 3.01 ERA with a spectacular 97/34 K/BB ratio. He is known as a flamethrower but hasn’t ever put it fully together. With his injury and not too much to offer than a heater, he could be easily removed if the Marlins sign someone else.


Evan Reed- One of the two players the Marlins received from Texas at the 2010 deadline for infielder Jorge Cantu, Reed made one Double-A appearance that year before going down with an arm injury that required Tommy John surgery. In 2011 Reed made 19 appearances between the GCL Marlins and the Advance-A Jupiter Hammerheads. His numbers weren’t amazing, but that’s expected coming back from Tommy John. Reed did pitch in the Arizona Fall League for the Surprise Saguaros. In 12 games in the Fall League, Reed posted a nice 2.57 ERA and a 16/5 K/BB ratio. The Marlins already invested a lot into Reed, 25, this far, so they may opt to keep him with the hope that he can contribute in Miami in 2012.


Omar Poveda- The second player the Marlins acquired for Jorge Cantu, Poveda, who had Tommy John last year season and missed the entire year, spent all of 2011 with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. The 24-year-old went 8-6 with a 4.32 ERA in 27 starts. The numbers aren’t bad for the Southern League, especially considering this is his first year back from surgery. Poveda is in the same boat as Reed as the Marlins have invested a lot in him, but may have a better chance to stick than the latter.


Sean West- The 2005 supplemental first rounder had so much promise. It was just two years ago when West made his big league debut and made 20 starts for the Marlins. He put up decent numbers as a 23-year-old. Since then, though, West has suffered through numerous injuries and maturity issues. In 2011, West only managed 11 starts for Triple-A New Orleans, most of them in June and July. He only made three starts between April and May and then made two starts in August before going on the disabled list for the rest of the season. A 5-8 record with a 5.59 ERA, numerous disappointments and constant injuries may be too much for the Marlins to handle and they may consider risk exposing the lefty through waivers if they are desperate for a 40-man spot.

Tags: Arizona Fall League Arquimedes Caminero Evan Reed Heath Bell Jacksonville Suns Jorge Cantu Jupiter Hammerheads Miami Marlins New Orleans Zephrys Omar Poveda Sean West Surprise Saguaros Texas Rangers

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