July 25, 2021

Marlins claim former MLB All-Star Jesús Aguilar (Fish Stripes)


The Marlins landed a big bat on Monday, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that they’ve claimed Jesús Aguilar off waivers from the Rays (Mark Feinsand of MLB.com has confirmed the news).

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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