The Miami Marlins continue to add cheap veterans, as the team signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Slowey to a minor league deal Thursday. The deal will include an invitation to spring training. Slowey did not pitch in 2012 due to a stress fracture in his rib cage. In 2011, he pitched in 14 games with the Minnesota Twins going 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA.
The good news about this signing for the Marlins is that Slowey has shown success in his career with the Twins. From 2008-2010, he reached double-digit win totals, and once led the American League in shutouts. If Slowey remains healthy, it could be a very good signing by Miami.
Miami also added pitcher Mitch Talbot Thursday. Talbot and the Marlins agreed to a minor league deal that includes a spring training invitation. Talbot was previously pitching for the Samsung Lions in Japan before signing his deal with the Marlins. The 29-year-old pitched in 198 innings and recorded a 3.97 ERA with the Lions last season. Talbot’s biggest goal is to find his identity in the majors. In 2011, Talbot gave up 10 home runs in 63 2/3 innings with the Cleveland Indians.
There is one thing for certain with the recent Marlins’ additions; there will be competition in the Marlins rotation this season. Nobody’s job aside from Ricky Nolasco‘s is safe, and it should make things interesting for manager Mike Redmond and his coaches.
Miami will look to bounce back after a disappointing 2012 season and an offseason of wonder and awe.