Winter Meetings: Monday Update
On Monday, the annual MLB winter meetings kicked off in San Diego. We are going doing some daily updated regarding news and rumors from the winter meetings regarding the Marlins. Here is the latest from Monday.
The Marlins have added to their coaching staff. The Marlins are bringing In Billy Hatcher. Hatcher has a vast experience coaching in the big leagues. Hatcher spent the eight seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays from 1998-2005. In addition, he most recently spent another 13 years in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Hatcher was the Reds’ first-base coach from 2006-2015 and third-base coach from 2016-2018. He was moved into a minor league instructor role last season. Hatcher has also been an outfield and base running coach. Hatcher played in the MLB as an outfielder for various teams. One would assume he will also be in charge of coaching the outfielders.
According to a tweet from Jon Heyman, the Marlins are one of the teams highly in on Sergio Romo. Romo pitched in the first half of the season for the Marlins last season before being traded at the deadline to the Twins for 1B Lewin Diaz, who is now one of the top Marlins prospects. Romo really spoke well about Miami and his happiness with the organization. There is a good possibility he can sign with the Marlins this week. However, there are plenty of other teams said to be involved on Romo.
According to a tweet from Jim Bowden, The Marlins were in on Nicholas Castellanos but after Mike Moustakas signed a $64 Million 4-year deal with the Reds, the price for Castellanos sky rocketed. This according to Bowden, took Miami out of the running according to a source.
The Marlins quietly placed and tried to get RHP Tyler Kinley through waivers. Unfortunately, he was claimed by the Colorado Rockies.
Miami has signed INF Gosuke Katoh, former Yankees 2nd round pick in 2013 to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 25 year old mainly plays 2nd base but has played around the infield. In 83 games last season between AA and AAA in the Yankees system, Katoh posted a .763 OPS and hit 11 home runs and 46 RBI’s.