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Former Marlin Olivo fills Mathis void

JUPITER -- One of Miami's most glaring holes is behind the plate, and with a late-day signing on Thursday, Miguel Olivo might be the right fit.

Jeff Mathis was out running with the Marlins' trainer on the back fields after his teammates took batting practice, but he is still thought to be a ways out from appearing in a game as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone.

Marlins' president of baseball operations, Larry Beinfest, says that if manager Mike Redmond is comfortable with the young left-handed Kyle Skipworth taking on the back-up role until Mathis returns, than that’s enough.

“Kyle [Skipworth] has done a great job; Kyle hasn’t caught in the big leagues. Koyie Hill’s done a good job...Jeff Mathis is coming back and his rehab is going well,” Beinfest said. “Kyle’s very much in this, he’s been impressive behind the plate.”

Olivo, an 11-year major leaguer, was going through the spring motions with the Reds as a non-roster invitee. Though Cincinnati wanted to retain him for depth, the 34-year-old declined a $100,000 retention bonus to stay in the minor leagues with the organization.

Olivo's deal with the Marlins is pending a physical. He appeared in 21 spring games with the Reds, and is a career .241 hitter. Olivo played in a Florida Marlins uniform from 2006-07.

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Lois

I am so glad to have Olivo back with us. He is a very good catcher and can sometimes belt out a home run. He is fantastic against left handlers. Thank you Marlins for picking him up.

Eddie S

THANK GOODNESS THE MARLINS GOT MIGUEL OLIVO. FORGET MATHIS, AND SKIPWORTH -WITH OLIVO THE MARLINS SHOULD HAVE A GREAT PLATOON WITH BRANTLY.
OLIVO CAN HIT HOMERUNS, HAS SPEED AND IS GREAT AGAONST LEFT HANDED PITCHING. MATHIS CAN'T HIT HIMSELF OUT OF A PAPER BAG AND SKIPWOTH HAS NO EXPERIENCE. WE SHOULD REJOICE WITH THE ACQUISITION OF MIGUEL OLIVO!!!!!

Oscar Greenberg

Yes, let's have Olivo and his .221 bat avg against lefties (2012) drive the Marlins out of the hole! Great acquisition! Another player who no one cares about joins the roster!

Stan M

Oliva is certainy no answer to this team's short term problems. That being said, here is a question to ponder. Knowing what we do now, and we have had time to observe both players over more than one year, whom would you prefer? Oliva or Buck?

I have been a defender of Coghlan since his rookie year. If anyone wonders why I like the guy, the picture under the main article says it all.

There was quite a bit written about ML owners and why anyone would want to be one. Unless the tax laws have drastically changed, an owner with a different profitable business can write off the losses the ML team shows against profits of his other business. In years past, owners could depreciate certain assets; one of them being the players and their salaries. Lastly, regardless of whether the team is profitable or not, all franchises seem to appreciate considerably in value, so the owner shows an excellent profit when the team is finally sold. And isn't there a long term capital gains consideration that also comes into play? And one mustn't forget the publicity value and the ego massaging from recognition by the general public.

juanv

not just olivo matt diaz would be a great platoon player with pierre pierre vs righties diaz vs lefties only if he could beat out kearns wtf is he doing on the roster anyway?

Eddie S

Olivo is wonderful against lefties Mathis can't hit and Skipworth is unproven. Olivo is a great acquisition.

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

...you guys lay off of Kearns, he's got seniority!

Oscar Greenberg

Olivo is great against lefties, all of his .228 bat avg against lefties over the last 2 years is out there to prove it! And shame on anyone who doubt it!

Orlando Dolphan

AAA baseball begins on Monday in Miami. At least there will be one pro team on the field. The Marlins' starting pitching is horrible. I can't believe that they will be putting a rotation like that on the field. Embarrassing! I don't even think of the youngsters (Fernandez and Yelick) coming up as they will eventually be traded as all our young all star players are. Stanton will be traded next. Why does Loria insist on being a baseball owner. It is obvious that he does not have the pockets to be an owner. Please just do us all a favor and sell the team ompeteman!

dumazz julio

WTF is an ompeteman???

Eddie S

THANK-GOODNESS WITH OLIVO WE CAN FORGET MATHIS AND HIS ANEMIC BAT. LAST YEAR WHEN SEATTLE WAS LOOKING FOR POWER, OLIVO MANY TIMES HIT THE LONG BALL.THE FACT IS WE HAVE VERY FEW HOME RUN HITTERS SHOULD BE A BLESSING WE HAVE OPLIVO. SOME OF THE BEST HOME RUN HITTERS ARE IN THE MINORS LIKE YELICH AND OZUNA.
WHAT DID THEY SAY WHEN THE MARLIN MANAGEMENT SENT KOUZMANOFF DOWN-345 AVERAGE 3 HRS 8 RBIS. KEARNS BATTED UNDER 100 AND MAKES THE CLUB WAS REDMOND FAIR TO KOUZMANOFF? WHAT GARBAGE!!!

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is your caps lock broken ?

Stan M

Maybe Kearns didn't hit well, but remember that he is also a below average fielder, so that helps...or something like that!

Stan M

I've posted this a couple of years ago as well, but this is for you newer bloggers. There is a new Jackie Robindson movie out. I saw him when he broke in as a first baseman and won ROY. After then moving to 2B when Gil Hodges arrived, he, upon very rare occasions, spelled Hodges at 1B. When he did, he felt more comfortable using his fielder's mitt while playing 1B, Few have ever done that. To my knowledge, the split screen on TV was developed to show Jackie "dancing" off 1B and the pitcher at the same time. After over 60 years of watching major league baseball, Robinson is still the most exciting player I ever witnessed. He did more disrupting a game with 35 stolen bases than these modern guys who stole over a hundred. He got to the majors in his very late 20s. One can only wonder what his career would have been had he also spent his prime in the ML. In case you didn't know, baseball was probably his poorest sport in college where he excelled in Track, Football, and Basketball. When people discuss the greatest athlete ever to play baseball, he should be considered at or near the top. Incidenntly, his older brother lost one of the four races that Jessee Owens became famous for in the 1936 Olimpics be a fraction of a second. And, if I'm not mistaken, he ran the race in borrowed sneakers.

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

... Remember that 2012 Marlins fans after the Ramirez' Revolution, received their few joyful moments from Reyes, Lee, Brantly, Solano, Stanton, and include Kearns, offensive output. Some hitters taper out at some moments in the long campaign.

Stan M

Cote has written an excellent article. I agree with all but one premise. He refers to when the Marlins traded "star shortstop", Hanley Rimiriz. My counterargument would be twofold. One, he wasn't a shortstop, he was a third baseman...and a poor one at that. Two, he hadn't been a "star" for two years running. What he was was a bulked up, uncaring, below average 3rd baseman in terms of both hitting and fielding. That the team was able to dump his salary and acquire a pitcher of Eovaldi's promise was fortunate. That Loria didn't take the money saved and reinvest it in some way to better the team was the problem; not the trade itself.

H&R Goniff

Loria did what he always does ,take the money saved and reinvest it into his own short pockets. Same old song.

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

...Happy Easter! We received the Marlins' missive today. Does anyone know how the facts differ from the " multi-colored-fishes " we feel they're passing-off to us this morning. We're
former Herald paper-boys, therefore reading the morning Herald is an acquired habit. We've read, that from that fantastic seventy-million dollars accorded to J. R. , only his first year's salary of six or eight million dollars was expended. It goes the same for Buerhle and J. J. and Choate, and ad nauseum. The attendance was as good as expected in the city of Miami with its poverty ranking among U. S. Cities. The fans that can afford it, were as splendid as we could expect them to be. The team's performance can only be crtiticized by
amateurs in the athletics field. Baseball is a team sport, and the chorus isn't always on key.
The dire forecast of balance sheet red ink for this year, sounds like crying wolf. We could be all wet, will better minds, please, guide us?

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