Marmol creates another late-inning option

MIAMI — Spring Training should bring some interesting late-inning bullpen battles at Marlins’ Spring Training.

Carlos Marmol is now officially in the mix after his free agent signing was formally announced on Tuesday.

With a $1.25 million contract Marmol is basically guaranteed an Opening Day roster spot. The veteran right-hander has plenty of experience, which is a primary reason he was signed.

Marmol now fits into the mix among right-handed late-inning candidates. He will get a shot at filling a seventh or eighth inning role, along with A.J. Ramos and Carter Capps.

Mike Dunn is the late-inning lefty choice.

Miami has added more experienced depth to bridge the game to closer Steve Cishek.

“With the signing of Carlos, we add a proven reliever with experience in the late innings,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “We are thrilled to add a player of his quality to an already deep bullpen.”

Arquimedes Caminero is a hard-throwing right-hander, who threw some big league innings last year. Another lefty option is Dan Jennings.

A couple of non-roster invitee candidates are Chaz Roe and Henry Rodriguez.

The Marlins certainly have some power arms in the bullpen.

The competition will be interesting to follow when Spring Training gets underway on Sunday.

Joe Frisaro

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