Per reports from Joel Sherman of MLB Network, the Marlins have signed catcher Francisco Cervelli to a one year, $2 million deal, pending physical. Cervelli and Derek Jeter will be reuniting. The two played together in New York.
Last season, Cervelli has some struggles. He had a .213 batting average with three home runs and 12 RBIs. Early in the season he dealt with a concussion injury that ended up putting him on the 60-day injured list (IL). Just nine days after returning from injury, he was released by the Pirates. Two days later, he was signed by the Braves.
The 33-year-old should make an immediate impact for the Marlins. But in order to do that he will need to stay healthy. In 12 season in the MLB, Cervelli has been placed on the IL 12 times with numerous injuries including multiple concussions.
This should be a good signing for the Marlins. They are getting a skilled veteran catcher for a good price—comparable free agents like Austin Romine ($4.1 million) and Stephen Vogt ($3 million), for example, received significantly larger guarantees from the Tigers and Diamondbacks, respectively. Only time will tell.
The Marlins 40-man roster is currently full, so a corresponding move must be made in order for them to officially announce the Cervelli deal.