The Miami Marlins can do some big trades this off-season, as well as some big signings of homegrown players. In the meantime, The Fish are bringing in new executives. The latest new executive is none other than Gabe Kapler. Is this a good hire for the Miami Marlins? Is he going to make a difference for The Fish?
The Miami Marlins have a new Assistant General Manager and his name is Gabe Kapler.
Gabe Kapler started his career as a Major League executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was their farm director, and helped play a role in their farm system's elevation to being one of the elite ones in the game. He took a managerial role with the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2018-2019 seasons, and led that team to 80-82 and 81-81 win-loss records. He then moved on to the San Francisco Giants.
Gabe Kapler managed San Francisco to a 29-31 win-loss record in 2020, a much better 107-55 record in 2021, and underwhelming 81-81 and 79-83 records in 2022 and 2023. San Francisco moved on from him as a manager after the 2023 season, and that freed him up for his current job as the new Miami Marlins Assistant General Manager.
The Fish now have four Assistant General Managers: Kapler, Brian Chattin, Oz Ocampo and Daniel Greenlee. He was in the running for the Boston Red Sox Head of Baseball Operations position, prior to getting hired by The Fish. Kapler was looking for a new challenge and I'm very optimistic about how he will do in his new position.
In other Miami Marlins news, The Fish added pitching depth by signing RHP Kyle Tyler to a Minor League contract. Tyler pitched in both 2021 and 2022 in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels and the San Diego Padres. He produced a 2.20 ERA/4.63 FIP, with 4.4 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9, in 7 games and 16.1 innings pitched. In 2022 with San Diego, he had a 0.00 ERA/2.86 FIP, in 3 games and 4.0 innings pitched.
The Fish added another arm for bullpen depth, picking up RHP Kaleb Ort on waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Ort has a career 6.27 ERA/5.34 FIP, with 8.9 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9. Ort has a good strikeout rate, but has control issues.
Gabe Kapler is a great addition to the Miami Marlins front office, and Kyle Tyler and Kaleb Ort should help with the team's depleted pitching depth.