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Marlins agree to deal with Reds castoff Miguel Olivo

Mar 28, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

Miguel Olivo

UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins have reached an agreement with Olivo, pending a physical.

10:15 AM: Cincinnati offered Miguel Olivo a $100,000 retention bonus to stick around at Triple-A after losing the backup catcher job to Devin Mesoraco, but he asked to be released and may have better opportunities.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Jeff Mathis‘ broken collarbone has the Marlins looking for catching help and “there are indications [Olivo] will wind up” in Miami.

Olivo previously played for the Marlins in 2007 and 2008, and as a right-handed hitter he’d be paired with the left-handed hitting Rob Brantly.

At age 34 it’d be awfully tough for Olivo to turn down any sort of guaranteed big-league opportunity.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    So he declined to go to AAA so he could go to AAA?

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Yeah but at that other AAA locale he can still watch some MLB teams play.

  2. Darkoestrada - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    That should put them over the top

  3. deepstblu - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    “Marlins interested in ________ castoff ” was enough to start me laughing. I spend way too much time here.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I knew it! I knew it!

    Mr. Samson, pin my Legion of Perspicacity medal right here: (bends over). (This isn’t an exercise in fashionable self-deprecation, by the way – just an acknowledgement that that’s as high as the Chihuahua can reach, and of two possible evils, the lesser.)

  5. albertmn - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Would he also be a candidate to bat cleanup?

    • Old Gator - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      More likely, they’ll just have the Iron Giant wear his catcher’s gear when he bats. That’s about as close to “protection” in the lineup as he’s going to get this season.

  6. natslady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    This is annoying. I just wrote a post on the Marlins-Nats opening day matchup and the Marlins keep doing stuff to their roster. Not good stuff, not meaningful stuff, just stuff.

  7. kiwicricket - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    That slight squelching sound is Miami feeding from around the storm drain outlet.
    The Miami Mollusks strike again.

    • Old Gator - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      They’re not “feeding from” the storm drain. They’re just checking out the Coriolis Effect, which will be the operating aspect of Murphy’s Law acting upon the team this season.

  8. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Nice pick up for the fish. I prefer Olivo to Mathis for sure

  9. denny65 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Olivo was/is a far better catcher than Jesus Montero, which caused me and most fans to scratch our collective heads when the Mariners released both Olivo and John Jaso in the off-season.

    Here’s hoping Miguel has a good year with the Fish.

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