Rob Brantly Claimed off Waivers by White Sox
By Ehsan Kassim
Not only did the Miami Marlins acquire Crow this off-season, they’ll also be eating it. As it stands now, the newly acquired Aaron Crow is the Marlins last chance to salvage anything out of the Omar Infante–Anibal Sanchez trade to the Detroit Tigers that was widely panned during the 2012 season.
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Gone too soon, right after the trade deadline, was Jacob Turner. I still believe the Marlins shot themselves in the foot trading him too quickly, but that’s a story for a different day. Earlier this off-season, the Marlins dealt Brian Flynn, to acquire Crow, in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Marlins ditched the last of the returns of that original deal today, losing Rob Brantly on a waiver claim to the Chicago White Sox.
"The Rob Brantly era has ended in Miami.The young catcher who showed early promise as a hitter but flopped as the starter in 2013 was claimed on waivers Monday by the Chicago White Sox."
Nestled behind major leaguers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Mathis, and behind top prospect J.T. Realmuto, there was no real spot for Brantly on the Marlins moving forward. His loss on the roster opens up a roster spot for the Marlins to possibly sign or trade for a player to go on the 40-man roster or even opens the door for the team to participate in the Rule V draft that will take place on Thursday, during the Winter Meetings.
Brantly took the Marlins by storm in September of 2012, after being acquired from the Tigers. He posted a .290/.372/.460 slash line with 3 home runs in just 100 at bats. He had become the Marlins catcher of the future at that point.
However, after a disappointing .211/.263/.265 slash line in 2013 in just 243 plate appearances, the shine had worn out on Brantly’s future with the club. He never sniffed the majors last season and posted a pedestrian .255/.291/.341 slash line in Triple-A this past season.