Weighing decision on Kroenke
The Marlins are weighing what to do with lefty Zach Kroenke. A Rule 5 pick from the Yankees system in December, Kroenke has to make the club or be offered back to New York.
Indications are he won’t make Florida’s Opening Day roster. But that doesn’t automatically mean he can’t remain in Florida’s system.
Some options the Marlins have are: They can place the left-handed reliever on waivers and see if someone claims him. If a team does, though, Kroenke would have to make their club, or be offered back to New York.
Another scenario, Kroenke could be offered back to New York, but the Yankees could say they don’t want him. In that case, Kroenke could remain with the Marlins and be optioned to the Minor Leagues.
In two Grapefruit League appearances, he has one total inning, allowing seven runs while walking four and allowing four hits.
Rule 5 claims who make the team that draft him cost $50,000. Those who don’t and return to their original club cost the drafting club $25,000.
– Joe Frisaro