Marlins will pick up Jeff Mathis’ option for 2015

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Jeff Mathis had his usual terrible season at the plate, hitting .200 with two homers and a .537 OPS in 64 games, but his defense continued to receive praise and the Marlins want him back.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins will exercise their $1.5 million option on Mathis for 2015, keeping the 31-year-old catcher around for a third season in Miami.

Mathis a career .196 hitter and has never topped a .650 OPS in nine seasons as a big leaguer, but pitchers and managers always seem to love his work behind the plate and he doesn’t figure to play much backing up Jarrod Saltalamacchia.