The Marlins cleared out some spots on the 40-man roster. They do this every year in case they make moves in the Winter Meetings or are active in the Rule 5 draft by either selecting players or they have a bunch to protect. My guess is that they will be protecting several while looking for bullpen help and a everyday catcher.
Here are the transactions.
The Marlins opened up several 40-man roster spots Wednesday. They outrighted catcher Mike Rivera, infielder Hector Luna, right-hander Tim Wood, left-hander Taylor Tankersley and outfielder Brett Carroll to Triple-A New Orleans. In addition, the Texas Rangers claimed right-hander Ryan Tucker off waivers.
None are a surprise but I must say this, if you are a fan of Brett Carroll, and I am, the Marlins don't see him fitting into the Marlins future plans. He will either be included as a throw-in in a trade or left in the minors as an insurance policy until when he is no longer considered necessary in that role.
Kind of a shame really. He had some good moments when he got steady playing time in the majors, but time marches on.
Losing Ryan Tucker to the Rangers isn't a big blow, other than when he was drafted he held so much promise. Maybe the Rangers can work with him and turn him into a middle reliever. I hope they can.
Clearing six spots on the 40-man isn't that unusual, though, while I really haven't had the time to research it, I think it may be a slot or two more than the last couple of years. Could be wrong about that.