The Miami Marlins will start off their year hosting a four game set against the Colorado Rockies. Pretty exciting, right?
Now the Marlins just like any other team in the league right now, have announced a couple of roster moves of their own as they prepare themselves for the 2014 season.
Let’s start off with infielder Ed Lucas. Lucas was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand. Not an injury that you want if you’re a professional baseball player. Lucas suffered the injury this past Thursday after he was hit by a pitch. He could serve as a utility man whenever he gets back.
Miami designated right handed pitcher Michael Brady for assignment. The 27 year old righty failed to fill a bullpen slot on the Opening Day roster and will now have to go through the whole waiver process.
The Marlins also designated outfielder Brian Bogusevic for assignment. He came over to Miami in a trade with the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Justin Ruggiano. So it appears that this trade worked out in Chicago’s favor, considering Ruggiano made the Cubs Opening Day roster and will become their primary center fielder.
With Bogusevic out, former Chicago Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson had his contract purchased. The 37 year old was able to beat out Bogusevic for a roster spot, showing that he still has what it takes to play in the Majors. Good for Reed.
Miami also selected the contract of right handed pitcher Kevin Slowey. The 29 year old righty played fairly well during Grapefruit League play as he posted a solid 2.90 ERA over 16 and one-third innings. He has the ability to either start in a rotation or pitch out of the bullpen, which could work out perfect for this team in the long-run.