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Oswaldo Arcia likely out of roster spot after Francoeur deal

Miami claimed the outfielder off waivers this week.

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Miami acquired veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Wednesday night, and as a result, Oswaldo Arcia will likely be without a roster spot.

Francoeur is expected to join the Marlins in Miami ahead of game three of their three game series against the Royals. A roster move will have to be made in advance.

It’s likely the Marlins acquired Arcia with a trade for Francoeur in mind. The organization might not have been confident a deal would be completed so quickly, though, with the waiver trade deadline approaching Wednesday.

Once a highly regarded prospect, Arcia is having a down season, batting .229 with six home runs over 53 games. Miami appeared hopeful he would add power to a lineup that lacks it in the absence of Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour.

Arcia was designated for assignment by the Rays, who were reportedly hoping he would clear and be outrighted to the minors. Miami could be in a position to do the same.

If the Marlins opt to keep Arcia, who could serve as a left-handed pinch hitter with Derek Dietrich on the disabled list with a right knee contusion, Robert Andino might lose his roster spot. However, Andino gives the Marlins right-handed infield depth and has had success in his short stint in Miami.