Mathis, who turns 33 in March, doesn’t hit much but he plays above-average defense, calls a good game, handles the pitching staff well, and — as Frisaro notes — is one of the most popular players in the clubhouse. This past season, Mathis hit a meager .161/.214/.290 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 103 plate appearances. He missed nearly two months after fracturing his right ring finger in April.
If he returns to the Marlins, Mathis would be backing up J.T. Realmuto. Mathis earned $1.5 million for the 2015 season and would likely be looking at a similar salary on a one-year pact.