The Marlins announced on Saturday afternoon that the organization has exercised a $1.5 million club option on catcher Jeff Mathis for the 2015 season, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. As a result, the Marlins’ catching situation is already solidified with Jarrod Saltalamacchia under contract for two more years and Mathis returning for another season. Prospect J.T. Realmuto is not far behind.
Mathis mustered a meager .537 OPS during the 2014 season, but the 31-year-old is solid defensively and draws praise for the way he handles the pitching staff.