Marlins Claim Jesús Aguilar
According to multiple reports the Miami Marlins have claimed first baseman Jesús Aguilar.
Miami made it clear that they were going to look to add to the offense this offseason. First base has been a question mark for the team the past few seasons. Miami has found what they feel can be an impactful bat in the lineup.
The Venezuelan native had a real off year in 2019. He started the season off with the Milwaukee Brewers, as he did the previous two years. However, it did not go well for him. Aguilar hit .225 with just 8 homeruns in 94 games. Aguilar was then traded to the Tampa Bay Rays before the trade deadline for pitcher Jacob Faria. The Brewers struggled to find at-bats for the struggling Aguilar when other first baseman’s Eric Thames and Travis Shaw were performing well.
Aguilar is just one year removed from his career best year. The former all-star slugged 35 homeruns and 108 RBI’s in 2018. He led all first baseman in all of baseball in those categories. That year, Aguilar also led all of baseball in slugging among first baseman and also posted a .890 OPS ranking third in that position in the MLB. The right-handed first baseman also impressed with the glove. Aguilar in 2018 ranked 3rd again in all of baseball in fielding percentage with just 4 errors in 132 games played.
Aguilar provides a low-risk high reward type player. If the Marlins can get Aguilar to the form he was just a short time ago, this can be a huge pickup. Aguilar is just 29 years old and is under team control through the 2022 season. The Marlins recently brought in James Rowson to be their new bench coach and “offensive coordinator.” All that Rowson did with the Twins last year was coach them to the most homerun hitting team in all of baseball. The Marlins have hopes that Rowson can use his knowledge to restructure and aid Aguilar to perform to his fullest potential.
With this move the Marlins roster needs a transaction to occur. Adding Aguilar means that the Marlins must make a corresponding move to make room for him on the 40-man roster. Tonight at 8 PM EST, is the MLB non-tender deadline. This means teams must either tender or non-tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players. The Marlins have 3 players they have to make decisions on: Jose Ureña, Adam Conely, and J.T. Riddle. Aguilar is estimated to make around $2.5 million in 2020.