Relieves Craig Breslow and Dustin McGowan appear to be in position to earn roster spots in the bullpen, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
hearing very strong chance this could happen. Breslow being second lefty. Not official https://t.co/O9DiFytx0M— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) March 29, 2016
Miami signed both to minor league deals earlier this off-season and they responded.
Breslow pitched to a 2.84 ERA over 6.1 innings this spring. Manager Don Mattingly said he wants to carry a pair of left-handed relievers in the bullpen, unlike Marlins managers in the past, who have only opted for one.
Mike Dunn, who is not a lefty specialist-type reliever, has been the Marlins' primary lefty over the last few seasons.
Breslow's success is notable, since he didn't have much success with the Red Sox last season. Over 65.0 innings, he pitched to a 4.15 ERA and 5.27 FIP.
Adding Breslow to the roster should prove to be valuable for the Marlins, who might now be in a better position to matchup with left-handed heavy lineups late in games.
While Breslow could be used in a middle relief role, McGowan will likely serve as a long relief option.
His 5.68 spring ERA is not notably impressive, but with Jose Urena set to open the season in Triple-A, it appears McGowan is in a good position to make the club.
Over 23.1 innings with the Phillies last season, McGowan pitched to a 6.94 ERA and 7.81 FIP.
Although the Marlins have not officially announced their 25-man roster, it appears to be about set. Breslow and McGowan have positioned themselves to earn spots and pitch out of the bullpen.