Free Agent Signees the Marlins Shouldn’t Be Afraid of

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 25: Robinson Chirinos #28 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by his third base coach Gary Pettis #8 after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning in Game Three of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Robinson Chirinos

Robinson Chirinos has a career slashline of .234/.329/.439. After spending most of his career with the Texas Rangers, he spent last season with the Houston Astros.

The 6’1″ Venezuelan catcher has been in the majors since 2011, but has never played in more than 114 games, achieved this season with the Astros. Now 35-years-old, Chirinos hasn’t beat the league average for throwing out baserunners since 2014, and has fallen well short of that mark in each of the last two years.

There’s not a huge market for catchers at Chirinos’ age, and I’m afraid he’s no upgrade over the recently free-agent declared Bryan Holaday, at least not defensively. He’s probably not going to get a good multi-year deal anywhere, but someone is going to pick him up for a one-year contract. That someone could be the Marlins.