Mike Rabelo was placed on waivers to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Looking to free up 40-man roster space, the Marlins on Tuesday placed catcher Mike Rabelo on outright waivers, according to multiple MLB sources.
The move doesn't necessarily mean the 28-year-old catcher will be leaving the Marlins organization. If he isn't claimed during the 72-hour waiver window, Rabelo could be outrighted to Florida's new Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans.
To clear waivers, Rabelo first would have to pass through National League waivers, and then the American League.
I'm guessing he won't have any trouble clearing waivers.
Taking Rabelo off the 40-man roster will leave the Marlins with 35 players on the roster, if I counted correctly.
A lot of clubs like to leave a spot or two open incase they make a trade. However the Marlins rarely do that since when they make trades for players who need to placed on the 40-man, they trade someone on the 40-man.
Making five spots be open on the roster kinda makes you wonder if something is brewing.