Caminero victim of options, sent down
JUPITER, Fla. — You can file it in the “life isn’t fair” category, but on Tuesday morning, Arquimedes Caminero was among the cuts made by the Marlins.
The team announced Caminero and Carter Capps were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Chaz Roe was reassigned to Minor League camp.
Ty Wigginton, the veteran infielder in camp as a non-roster invitee, was released.
As four players were leaving camp, the Marlins also informed outfielder Reed Johnson that he has made the club. Johnson, a non-roster invitee, had a stipulation in his contract that he needed to know his status by noon on Tuesday. The 37-year-old adds experience as a spot starter, backup and pinch-hitter.
Based on performance, sending Caminero to Triple-A New Orleans is surprising. In nine innings, the hard-throwing right-hander gave up two runs with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Caminero also is a hard-thrower, with a nasty slider.
So why send him down? The business of the game. More specifically, he has an option year left.
Had Caminero remained with the big league club, his role would have been in the sixth or seventh innings. Now, with New Orleans, he will be either closing or in a setup role.
The moves made on Tuesday clear the way for Henry Rodgriguez and perhaps Kevin Slowey to make the club. Both are non-roster invitees.
Capps was acquired from the Mariners for Logan Morrison last December. Another hard-throwing right-hander, Capps has been working on tweaking his delivery. Now, he gets to work on his mechanics at New Orleans.
The Caminero move is a reminder that not all moves are based on putting together the “best 25″ based on Spring Training performance. If it was, it would have been hard to overlook Caminero’s eye-opening 0.44 WHIP.
Rodriguez is an extremely hard thrower, who has reached 101 mph already this spring. But he has a history of being wild. His command has improved in Spring Training, but he’s also been hit around. On Sunday, for instance, he allowed a game-tying, three-run homer against the Tigers. Miami went on to win the game.
Slowey also is a veteran with a track record, who would be a right-handed multi-innings reliever. Brad Hand is expected to make the club as a lefty long reliever.
The back end of the bullpen shapes up with Steve Cishek closing. A.J. Ramos and Carlos Marmol are right-handed late-inning options, joining lefty Mike Dunn.
– Joe Frisaro