Mar 9, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Reid Brignac (12) slides safely into home plate as New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki takes the throw during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
3. Who will end up winning the last two roster spots for the Marlins bench?
Ehsan Kassim: Andrew McKirahan and Donovan Solano. I think the Marlins only have 4 guys on the bench and team has a long infatuation for Solano. He’ll be on the opening day team and can backup three of the four infield spots pretty well.
Daniel Zylberkan: The Marlins will have a short bench, so this is a very interesting question. There’s probably no way the team can carry three catchers if they have 13 pitchers that probably means that Mathis will be the back up catcher and Ichiro the fourth OF. That probably leaves a place for Jeff Baker who rakes against lefties and the ever-present Donovan Solano. The team loves Solano, I wish they would commit to giving Derek Dietrich a legitimate shot to stick with the big club even if its on the bench.
Miller Lepree: My picks are Donavan Solano and Brad Hand. Both provide the team with depth, and they’ve both had big league experience. Hand is totally out of options, so he’ll probably end up being the long man unless somebody gets hurt. Solano is fairly reliable as a utility infielder, but the team could choose to go with lefty power off the bench in Justin Bour.
David Polakoff: Donovan Solano and Justin Bour.
Dillon Murrell: I haven’t been able to watch any Marlins Spring Training games, my picks for the last 2 bench spots (assuming 8 relievers, as has been discussed) would be Justin Bour and Don Kelly. Bour is probably a decent source of some offense off the bench, especially against righties, and Kelly offers versatility. The reason I like Kelly over Solano is his left-handedness; the Marlins are pretty right-hand heavy.
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Chris Posada: Miguel Rojas and Don Kelly. Rojas can be useful as a backup shortstop. As for Kelly, he offers versatility of the bench, as he can play in the infield or outfield, while providing a lefty bat off the bench. He can also provide another veteran voice in the clubhouse.
Shawn Flores: Don Kelly and Miguel Rojas. A lefty versatile bat and a defensive wizard.