The Miami Marlins may be done making moves this offseason as the team welcomes reliever Sergio Romo to Spring Training on Friday.
A short time ago, Miami Marlins fans wondered if the team would complete its objectives for the 2019 offseason. In the wake of being held hostage by a trade that never seemed to materialize, the organization did not add veteran players until the later stages of the Hot Stove season.
Now, it appears the team is done adding players to their camp roster and look to concentrate on who is wearing one of the new uniforms this spring. After Sergio Romo joined pitchers and catchers at the team’s Jupiter, Florida facility for practice, manager Don Mattingly and the 68 players (yes, 68) are focused on trying to improve on a disappointing 2018 season.
"“I think we’re very comfortable with the numbers and the people we have in camp,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said on Friday, per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “Romo makes 68 that we have in camp now.“I think we like the makeup of our club — the outfield makeup, the infield makeup, the catching makeup. The starting- and relief-pitching makeup.”"
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It was believed the front office may look to add another veteran arm to the bullpen, but Romo could wear many hats as a reliever for the team. Opener, long reliever, set-up man, and even closer. His experience could pay dividends for pitching coach Mel Stottlemyer, Jr.
Where the other pitchers who will comprise the ‘pen this season has to be determined. It may now be a three-man race to find an every-day closer with Adam Conley and Drew Steckenrider still firmly in play.
That news wasn’t the only thing the media in Jupiter focused on from Friday. It appears the lineup is starting to finalize as Peter O’Brien will be the team’s right fielder, a move that makes sense now that Brian Anderson will be the team’s third baseman on Opening Day.
This news also means recently signed veteran Neil Walker and Martin Prado are battling to start at first. The two could share the position during the season. Walker could also see time in the outfield and Prado could play at third and spell Anderson.
Mattingly will have bench depth that can provide versatility this season. he told reporters last week all three of the outfield positions were open for competition. While the right field job is filled, Lewis Brinson figures to start in centerfield.