Adding to the list of players that the Miami Marlins have reeled in this offseason is right-handed pitcher John Maine. The Marlins signed the former New York Mets pitcher Maine to a minor league deal Sunday evening. The deal also comes with an invitation to spring training, which gives Maine a shot to make the major league roster.
This addition of Maine does not make a lot of sense. Maine has not pitched in the major leagues in two years and the 31-year-old has significantly dropped off the radar since the Mets let him go after the 2010 season when he only pitched in nine games.
Maine’s best season came in 2007 when he won 15 games and recorded a 3.91 ERA with 180 strikeouts. The only problem is that he was 26 at that time and ever since then his game has dropped off.
In 2012, Maine spent his year with the New York Yankees Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. He was 8-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 15 games. Before that, he made stints with the Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox and now finds a temporary home in Miami.
The only thing the Marlins could have wanted out of this deal was veteran pitching but even after seven years in the big leagues, Maine has only pitched in 108 games. There is little to no chance that he will make it with the Marlins for the 2013 season unless someone gets hurt.
The Marlins rotation is too young and upper management likes the use of the youngsters, for some reason.
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