Gearing up for the off-season, the Miami Marlins outrighted three big league players to the minor leagues Wednesday night. Infielders Nick Green and Gil Velazquez have been outrighted along with utilityman Donnie Murphy. All players contributed a little bit to the Marlins team that was in complete disarray at the end of the season.
Green split time between third base, second base and shortstop in the 2012 season with the Marlins. After taking a year off in 2011, Green played in seven games for the Marlins this season. He batted .174/.208/.304 with three doubles but did not contribute much aside from that. Green did spend most of his time with Triple-A New Orleans batting .344/.397/.599 with 12 home runs and 47 doubles. If Green accepts the outright to the minors it would be a shocker. He could earn a major league spot come spring.
Velazquez spent most of his time with the club toward the end of the season. He played in 19 games but did not do that well either. Velazquez batted .232/.246/.250 but struck out 11 times. It is hard to see where the 33-year-old fits in with any ball club but could supply some bench help if any team needs it.
The most shocking player to get outrighted was Murphy. This was Murphy’s third season with the club and it looks like the team got fed up with his lack of production. He played in 52 games, the most since 2008, and did not top .250 in batting average. He hit three home runs and recorded 12 RBI in 129 plate appearances. Murphy could be a big tool off some team’s bench come 2013 if he tests free agent waters.
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