The Miami Marlins broke a quiet (for them) Monday by claiming Jesús Aguilar off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Newest Marlins player Jesús Aguilar is a six-foot-three, 250 lb. first baseman from Maracay, Venezuela. Born on June 30th, 1990, the right-handed hitter is a six-year major league veteran.
The Rays got Aguilar in a deadline-day trade four months ago with the Milwaukee Brewers, for RHP Jake Faria. In 37 games to close out the season, Aguilar slashed .261/.336/.424 with four homers and 16 RBI.
With the Brewers, Aguilar spent the majority of his first three full major league seasons, making the National League All Star team for the first time in 2018. In 149 games that season, he hit .274/.352/.539 with 35 homers and 108 RBI.
Ironically, the Brewers also got Aguilar off waivers, from the Cleveland Indians prior to 2017 Spring Training. Aguilar spent nine seasons in the Indians’ system, after getting signed as a free agent in 2007. He finally made his big-league debut in 2014, and appeared in 35 games with the parent club over parts of three seasons before the Tribe waived him.
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Aguilar is an interesting proposition for the Marlins at the not-hot-corner. Garrett Cooper is currently the number one option, with minor leaguers Lewin Diaz and Lazaro Alonso next in the chute. With the 40-man roster already full, and the non-tender deadline set to hit by 8PM EST, look for Miami to make a corresponding move to protect Aguilar.
Going into the dead of the offseason, and with three and a half months still until Opening Day 2020, Aguilar seems to have the inside track on the first base job, if he can earn in in Spring Training. Tune in for more big news as the Hot Stove continues to heat up here through the Winter Meetings.
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