First baseman Jesús Aguilar has been claimed by the Miami Marlins, sources tell ESPN. Aguilar was designated for assignment earlier this week by Tampa Bay. There’s a clear path to the first-base job for him.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 2, 2019
With the MLB non-tender deadline approaching at 8 p.m. ET, the Marlins’ 40-man roster is full, so there will need to be a corresponding move. Arbitration-eligible infielder JT Riddle and left-hander Adam Conley are possible departures, either via trade or non-tender.
The heavy-set Venezuelan slugger spent the vast majority of his professional career in the Indians organization, but broke through in a big way for the Brewers in 2017. He slashed .261/.339/.492 with 59 home runs during parts of three seasons there, then was dealt to Tampa Bay last July. Aguilar, 29, consistently grades out poorly defensively and as a baserunner, so the Fish are attracted solely to his potential impact at the plate and in the clubhouse.
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