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Expect only familiar faces for Marlins when rosters expand on Monday

ATLANTA --The Marlins on Sunday traded minor league pitcher Chaz Roe to the Yankees for cash considerations.

Roe, a 27-year old right-hander who was a non-roster invitee to spring training, was 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA for Triple A New Orleans.

President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill said that was the only move the team was expecting to make before Sunday night's waiver trade deadline. In fact, when rosters expand on Monday, Hill said the only new faces we'll probably see in Miami's clubhouse are ones who have already spent time there this season.

"We've always brought fewer players up especially when we're in the race -- players we think will help us win games," President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill said Sunday before the Marlins closed out their road trip against the Braves.

"So obviously the guys we'll see are the guys coming off the disabled list. [Relievers Dan] Jennings and [Carter] Capps. Then, more than likely, a couple arms just to protect you depth wise. We have a double-header later in the month [at Washington on Sept. 26]. Beyond that, an extra catcher, probably a versatile player and maybe a left-handed bat."

The last three players Hill was likely referring to are catcher J.T. Realmuto, second baseman Enrique Hernandez (acquired in the Astros trade) and first baseman Justin Bour. All three have seen time in the big leagues this season with the Marlins.

Realmuto could arrive a little later than the other. Marlins' Double A affiliate Jacksonville -- where Realmuto is playing -- is a pennant race with two games to go in the regular season. The Suns could make the playoffs and if they do Realmuto will remain with his team, Hill said. Triple A affiliate New Orleans is not going the playoffs and the Zephyrs season will end Sunday.

Jennings (six scoreless innings, 8 Ks, 0 BBs) and Capps (3 1/3 scoreless, 4 Ks, 2 BBs) have both pitched games recently with multiple innings for Single A Jupiter. Hill said Capps, whose fastball approaches triple digits, has been explosive since his return to the mound.

"We’re looking forward to getting him back," Hill said of Capps, who last pitched for the Marlins on May 25. "Since we’ll have more pitchers in the pen we won’t overwork any of those guys."

In order to accommodate Capps on the 40-man roster the Marlins will likely move Kevin Gregg to the 60-man disabled list. The Marlins' 40-man roster currently lists 21 pitchers, four catchers, nine infielders and six outfielders.

> Derek Dietrich, who started 43 games for the Marlins over the first three months of the season and still has the most starts by a second baseman for the team this season, could be another player the Marlins bring up.

Sidelined by a wrist injury on July 2, Dietrich returned to action Aug. 17 and played in five rehab games for Jupiter where he hit .313 with a homer and two RBIs. He's played in the six games with New Orleans since being activated from the disabled list and entered the final two games of the season for the Zepherys having gone gone 6-for-21 with a solo home run, three strikeouts and a stolen base.


Second base remains a position of intrigue for the Marlins entering the final month of the season. Although seven players have started there this season, Donovan Solano has started to become a consistent  contributor there now that he's playing regularly.

Solano drove in two runs and had three hits in Saturday's 4-0 win including a solo home run. Counting Sunday's scheduled start, Solano has made 31 of the team's last 51 starts at second base and has hit .274 with two homers, 13 RBI and .333 on base percentage since July 1. The first three months of the season, he made just 11 starts and hit .186 with one homer and eight RBI as a utility man.

"It's good for me to play more continually," Solano said. "You feel better, you feel more comfortable. It's not like it's just one opportunity. It's more fun, less thinking."

Hill said Solano has done a good job taking advantage of his opportunity. But it's obvious Marlins still would like to get a look at Hernandez at some point. The free agent market next season isn't very appealing at second base and Hernandez can hit.

He's batting .254 with two homers and five RBI in 18 games (10 games at second base, five at shortstop and one at third base) for the Zephrys since being sent there on Aug. 13. Hernandez was hitting .337 with eight homers and 31 RBI for the Astros' Triple A team before the Marlins acquired him.

"He can hit. That’s always a nice start when they can hit," Hill said. "He’s young and athletic and can do a lot of things. We like him. We’ll see how he fits with us moving forward. But he’s young and most importantly he’s controllable, which fits as we try to make a roster."

> Hill said the Marlins can't really put their finger on what's led to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (13 errors) and first baseman Garrett Jones (13 errors) having their worst defensive seasons in the majors.

"I know both have put in the work to be good defensive players and they’re not historically bad defensive players," Hill said. "We don’t know what to chalk it up to, but we know that we need to get it better. And they know they need to get better."

As for their struggles offensively, Hill said: "I think we’ve seen glimpses of what they both bring and what we thought we were getting in signing both of them. I think their ups and downs have contributed to an inconsistent offense. When you see us rolling you see production form both of those guys, you see production from a lot of our guys."