Miami Marlins sign reliever Chaz Roe to minor league contract

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins signed reliever Chaz Roe to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Thursday. Roe spent last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On the same day they signed reliever Carlos Marmol to a one-year deal, the Miami Marlins signed former Arizona reliever Chaz Roe to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league Spring Training. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors was the first to report the deal.

Roe made 21 appearances coming out the Arizona bullpen last season, and will have the opportunity to compete for a bullpen spot. He was acquired off of waivers by the Rangers on Nov. 1, but Texas designated him for assignment, according to ESPN.

Right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe rejected his outright assignment to the minor leagues and has opted to become a free agent.

Roe was designated for assignment last week when the Rangers got left-handed pitcherPedro Figueroa on a waiver claim from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rangers acquired Roe on a waiver claim from Arizona on Nov. 1. He was 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA in 21 games (22 1/3 innings) last season, making his big league debut with the Diamondbacks.

The 27-year-old struggled to find command in his first major league season. He walked 13 batters in 22 1/3 innings but posted a 4.03 ERA with 24 strikeouts. Roe's 57.1 ground-ball rate made him particularly attractive to Miami.

MLB.com noted Roe is a former first-round draft pick whose career has been slow to progress after he violated a drug prevention program.

A former first-round pick of the Rockies in 2005, Roe was suspended 50 games as a Minor Leaguer for being in violation of the joint drug prevention and treatment program.

Miami continues to add bullpen depth in preparation for Spring Training, which opens with pitchers and catchers workouts on Feb. 16 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Before joining the Marlins, Roe had been in the Rockies, Mariners, D-backs and Rangers systems.

Since improving the offense was an offseason priority, the additions Miami has made to it's bullpen haven't been consistently recognized. Before adding Marmol, the Marlins traded for Carter Capps and signed former Nationals closer Henry Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

With Steve Cishek expected to be closing games again in 2014, and Dan Jennings and Mike Dunn likely to make the team as left-handed relief options, few bullpen spots are available. The team will look to see who can serve as a long reliever throughout Spring Training. Kevin Slowey is an option to fill that role.

Roe, a converted starter, will be looked at, according to Steve Adams, also of MLB Trade Rumors.

Roe struggled in the minors in 2010, posting a 5.98 ERA with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliated before posting an even more discouraging 6.59 ERA with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate in 2011. The following season, Roe pitched for the independent league Laredo Lemurs and converted to the bullpen full-time after having spent most of his career as a starter. The shift worked wonders, as he posted a brilliant 1.55 ERA with 11.3 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in 55 innings.

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