Looking to add some pitching depth less than 24 hours after decimating their entire roster in a blockbuster trade, the Miami Marlins claimed Scott Maine off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-hander had been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays less than a week ago after bouncing from Chicago to Cleveland and then Toronto last season.
The 27 year old has 46.2 innings of work at the Major League level for his career, in 50 relief appearances over the past three seasons. He’s 2-3 with a 5.59 ERA in that span, with 9.3 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9. His minor league numbers, however, have been more appealing. Over six seasons since being taken in the 6th Round of the 2007 Draft, Maine posted a 19-15 overall record, 3.26 ERA, and added 40 saves to go along with 10.1 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9.
At best Maine could develop in a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen, but there is nothing to indicate that he is going to win such a role out of Spring Training. Maine has spent the bulk of the past three seasons pitching in Triple-A, so it would be reasonable to expect he’ll compete to avoid a return engagement. To be fair, however, there’s no way of knowing what the remainder of this roster will look like in the coming weeks so any speculation on roles is just that, speculation.