Jeff Mathis was a part of the huge blockbuster trade last November that broke up the rest of the 2012 Miami Marlins super team that was constructed and demolished during the season. With Mathis coming over to Miami, there was no real expectation for him to start to opening the season, but in the role that he did play, Mathis excelled, at least defensively. With another year, possibly two, left on his contract, Mathis could potentially be a solid backup in the organization.
He only played in 73 games, starting in 70 of those games this season. However, that was more than what was expected of him. With Rob Brantly not living up to his potential and Kyle Skipworth not playing up to his potential, Mathis was able to play important games for Miami and play well behind the plate. His range factor per nine innings was at his highest since 2007. What he lacked at the plate he made up for defensively. However, the offense that he did not possess is the scariest part.
Mathis batted an atrocious .181/.251/.284 with 29 RBI and seven doubles. His lack of ability to hit at the plate is what should concern the Marlins for the future. Mathis is playing for his baseball career nowadays and is slowly becoming a journeyman catcher. Batting sub-.200 is something that is going to keep him moving from team to team for most of his career, and he is only 30-years-old.
Mathis will be on the Marlins next season, but do not be surprised if he ends up getting cut.