The Marlins announced the signings of seven, six-year minor league free agents: LHPs Darin Downs and Victor Garate, RHP Frank Mata, IFs Ruben Gotay and Tim Torres,, OF/1B Josh Kroeger and OF Chris Lubanski.
Of that group, only Mata and Gotay have prior major league experience. Mata made 15 appearances last season for the Orioles out of the bullpen (0-0, 7.79). Gotay last played in the majors in 2008 with Atlanta and has played second, short and third in utility roles for the Braves, Mets and Royals.
Otherwise, it was another predictably quiet day for the Marlins. With only one opening on their 40-man roster, which is probably being reserved for a pickup in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, the Marlins are reluctant to add any new players -- and, therefore, be forced to discard someone else -- before then. However, there are a couple of rumors floating out there -- none of them too terribly surprising considering the Marlins are on the prowl for a lefty bullpen arm and bench depth.
FoxSports.com is reporting that the Marlins are in on free agent lefty reliever Dennys Reyes. But other teams, namely the A's , Phillies and Mariners, are also said to be considering Reyes. The Marlins have had interest in Reyes in the past.
Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest did not go into specifics in Tuesday's sit-down session with reporters, but said "We have dialogue going with free agents both at the minor league and the major league levels. There's a lot of players out there still."