Casey Kotchman may have been relevant once in his career as he was considered to be extra pop in a team’s lineup. In 2011, Kotchman played in 142 games for the Tampa Bay Rays, batting .306/.378/.422 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI. He slipped up with the Cleveland Indians last season, dropping his average down to .229.
Friday, Kotchman signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins in an effort to get his career back on track and maybe break into a depleted Marlins’ lineup. Kotchman’s deal includes an invite to spring training, but it will be harder for him to break into the lineup since there is not a designated hitter position in the National League. One that is working for Kotchman is the fact that the first baseman position is open.
Logan Morrison‘s status for opening day is undefined, which could help Kotchman’s cause for getting into the opening day roster.
When Morrison returns, it’s not certain how he’ll fit. He could just be the insurance that the Marlins need for now, as manager Mike Redmond will have some decisions to make about his bench. Chone Figgins, Nick Green and Greg Dobbs will all be vying for bench spots. Gorkys Hernandez, who the team acquired for Gaby Sanchez last season will also be battling between those players.
It was an interesting winter for the Marlins, and it is definitely going to be an interesting spring. Redmond will have a lot of decisions to make regarding every position he has to fill for April 1.