The Miami Marlins have designated Arquimedes Caminero for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions page and MLB Trade Rumors. Caminero, 27, has been with the Marlins organization since the team signed him out of the Dominican Republic back in 2005.
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With the Marlins making the Ichiro Suzuki signing official last night, they had fit Ichiro on the 40-man roster, which meant clearing up a roster spot. Hat tip to former Marlin Maniac author Will Privette for picking up on this on Twitter last night.
MLB.com recently rated Caminero as the 14th best prospect in the Marlins system. Caminero has not had much success in the major leagues in his brief career, posting a career 5.49 ERA and a 4.91 FIP in 19 1/3 innings of work.
Last season was a major struggle for Caminero, as he posted a 10.80 ERA and a 6.43 FIP in just 6 2/3 innings. While he did an impressive job of striking out 25.8% of the hitters he faced, he walked over 12% of them as well, which led to his struggles.
His stint in 2013 went a lot better than last season’s. He posted a 2.77 ERA and a 4.12 FIP in 13 innings of work in 2013. He struck out 23% of the hitters that year and walked just under 6%.
Obviously his two major league stints were not enough to determine what kind of pitcher he was going to be long-term, but realistically, he was going to be a long shot to make the Marlins bullpen to start the 2015 season.
With Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris, A.J. Ramos, and Aaron Crow all but locking up spots in the bullpen, Caminero would have had either Brad Hand or David Phelps really blow up during the spring to make the team over them.
With Caminero now on the open market, it would not be surprising to see a team pounce on his services right away. He’s still young and possess n nice upside with his high velocity. It would be great if the Marlins could find a trade partner, as it’s very unlikely he’ll go unpassed through waivers.