Dixon Machado is a four-year major league veteran, and has spent the first nine seasons of his professional career as part of the Detroit Tigers system. He signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on December 3rd last year.
A versatile middle-infielder, Machado is equally adept at both shortstop and second base, fielding .980 and .982 respectively. That modularity may prove to be a deciding factor late in the spring, but that’s why they play these games.
Jon Berti has gone four-for-15 in his major league career, but there’s more to it than that. As I outlined earlier this week,
"Berti is no slouch at the plate either. Last season between three different minor league affiliates he racked up a .296/.384/.446 slash line, with eight homers and 29 stolen bases in 101 contests. Defensively, Berti has a .974 fielding percentage at second base, his most prolific position."
Deven Marrero played 49 major league games last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and for the three seasons before that was with the Boston Red Sox. In 158 career games he has slashed .197/.250/.283, with five homers and 37 RBI.
Like a lot of guys on the Miami Marlins roster, Marrero’s stock in trade is his defensive pliability in the infield. He spent time at all four positions last season, mostly at third base, where he boasts a .974 career fielding percentage.
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Yadiel Rivera spent his rookie status way back in 2016, but didn’t really have a lot of playing time until last season with the Miami Marlins. In 111 games, he hit .173 while fielding at a better-than-average clip at shortstop, third base, and second base. The field is wide open, and any of these guys can make it. Is there room on the bench for a late-inning defensive specialist?
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