The Marlins are expected to place closer A.J. Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a jammed finger, Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports. [Update: It’s a fractured finger, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.]
Ramos, 29, has recorded the save in 32 of 34 opportunities for the Marlins this season while posting a 3.05 ERA and a 56/26 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney was used in a save situation on Sunday and should be expected to fill in at closer while Ramos is out. The Marlins acquired Rodney from the Padres at the end of June. Slater also notes that the Marlins are expected to option reliever Hunter Cervenka, acquired from the Braves on Saturday, to Triple-A New Orleans.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.