With Jeff Mathis gone, the Marlins are considering A.J. Ellis to be their backup catcher in 2017, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Ellis, 35, had defensive success with the Dodgers and Phillies last season but struggled offensively, batting .216/.301/.298 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. However, it’s unlikely the Marlins are seeking a top offensive backup option.
In addition to seeking a backup catcher, the Marlins are also considering closing options. The club is interested in Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon, as Heyman first reported Sunday night.
The Marlins seem open to constructing a bullpen that features several dominant arms in the event the starting staff struggles to pitch deep into games.
Though the Marlins might not be open to such a significant payroll increase, Owner Jeffrey Loria is personally reaching out to agents, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post. That could indicate the club is serious about adding a top closer.