The Miami Marlins traded the Pittsburgh Pirates cash considerations for pitcher Roddery Muñoz this week. The Marlins needed to make room on the 40-man roster in order to add Muñoz to the team, as he was just designated for assignment by the Pirates who acquired him on December 1st claiming him off waivers. In order to make room the Marlins designated RHP Ryan Jensen for assignment in a corresponding move.
Marlins add more depth to AAA roster
Muñoz was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals by the Pirates in December and the Nationals had him for half a season. The Nationals on July 17th claimed him off waivers from the Braves and he spent most of the season in AAA for both clubs. Muñoz has been utilized as a versatile pitcher, he was a starter for the Nationals in 10 of his 12 appearances but did not start a single game in 16 appearances for the Braves in AAA.
It will be interesting to see how he is utilized by the Marlins, it would make sense he would fit into the bullpen. The Marlins AAA is thin as a whole so it could go either way. Muñoz went 1-3 with the Nationals and posted a 6.98 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP, both of which were considerably worse than his time with the Braves. Muñoz with Atlanta’s AAA Gwinnett went 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA over 27.1 innings and a 1.54 WHIP. He is only 23 years old so he still has time to mature and develop, but if he is not ready to move up in a year or so he will need to move on.
Peter Bendix continues to add to the Marlins roster and minor league system and put his stamp on the organization. Bendix has his work cut out for him with the very thin minor league system that lacks a deep talent pool to draw from. The Marlins will have to continue to add depth via trades, free agent signing, and waivers before they can fill up the bottom of the system in the 2024 draft.
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