Adam Greenberg’s return to the big leagues is officially over after one at-bat, one strikeout, three pitches, and 33 seconds, as the Marlins released him following last night’s pinch-hitting appearance against R.A. Dickey.
Prior to yesterday’s game Greenberg was saying all kinds of stuff about how he hoped his time with the Marlins would be more than just the one at-bat, even mentioning going to spring training. It turns out they weren’t even interested in keeping him around for the final 24 hours of the season.
I’m not sure what the rush to get rid of Greenberg was, because certainly the Marlins didn’t need to clear a roster spot for the season finale. Of course, it’s not like Greenberg can complain and it was said to be a “one-day contract” all along. He got his official at-bat seven years later and the Marlins got some press for what was ultimately a stunt.
The Marlins will hold a news conference on Monday, per a team announcement. The exact nature of the conference has not yet been disclosed, but MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro speculates that it is likely to focus on Víctor Víctor Mesa and Víctor Mesa Jr., two brothers and outfield prospects who have been linked to the organization over the last several weeks. CEO Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill are expected to be in attendance.
Víctor Víctor Mesa, 22, stands out as an above-average defender in center field and a premier talent in the international market. According to reports following the brothers’ workout at Marlins Park in early October, Víctor Víctor carries plenty of power potential at the plate, though it’s not yet clear how that will translate to in-game opportunities. The young outfielder produced a lifetime .279/.329/.371 batting line, 11 home runs, 76 stolen bases, and a .701 OPS over six seasons with the Matanzas and Industriales of the Cuban National Series and the Cuban national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
There’s more uncertainty around 17-year-old Víctor Mesa, Jr., who was noted by scouts for his athleticism and above-average arm during the international prospects’ showcase several weeks ago. He previously played for Cuba’s 18U national team and appears to have potential in the outfield as well.
An additional report from Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald clarifies that the Mesa brothers have already been in Miami for the past few days and are thought to have undergone the medical examinations necessary to sign with the team. If that’s the case, the club is in position to announce the signings next week. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez adds that Víctor Víctor Mesa could command a signing bonus upwards of $5 million, while Víctor Mesa Jr. stands to receive something in the ballpark of $1 million.