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The Miami Marlins signed Cuban free-agent right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez to a minor-league contract on Friday that includes a non-roster invite to major-league spring training, according to sources. Gutierrez was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last year and only saw 6 1/3 innings in minor-league rehab appearances in 2023. The 28-year-old appeared in 32 games (30 starts) for the Cincinnati Reds in 2021 and 2022 before going under the knife, and he went 10-12 with a 5.44 ERA (5.61 FIP) and 1.53 WHIP with 117 strikeouts and 70 walks in 150 2/3 frames. Now that he's healthy, he'll give the Marlins some depth for their starting rotation, but there's a good chance he'll begin the 2024 season in the minors with Triple-A Jacksonville.
Miami Marlins right-hander Eury Perez (finger) said he had a little cut on his right middle finger during Thursday's live batting practice session. The cut was formed due to his changeup grip, but it wasn't causing him any pain and he's not concerned moving forward. Perez might be held back a bit before his next throwing session at camp, but this shouldn't be an injury that will put him in any danger of not being ready for Opening Day. The 20-year-old is ranked as the No. 23 fantasy starting pitcher by RotoBaller after he went 5-6 with a 3.15 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 31 walks and 108 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings over his first 19 major-league starts for the Fish in 2023. The hype is real and the upside is through the rook, and Perez should see a slight innings jump in 2024 after pitching a career-high 128 frames in 2023.
Miami Marlins infielder Jon Berti was the team's projected starting shortstop for the 2024 season before they signed shortstop Tim Anderson to a one-year, $5 million deal on Thursday. Anderson now has a clear path to everyday playing time in Miami at the 6. Berti is far better suited for a utility role. The 34-year-old played a career-high 64 games at shortstop for the Marlins last year and has seen over 400 plate appearances the last two years with the Fish at second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions, so he's of much more use to the team when he's filling in around the diamond. Berti hit a career-best .294 with seven home runs, 33 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 2023, a year after he had a league-high 41 steals in 102 games. With sporadic playing time, it's going to be tough for Berti to get back to being an elite threat on the basepaths.
Free-agent shortstop Tim Anderson and the Miami Marlins agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal, pending a physical, on Thursday, according to sources. After a disastrous year with the Chicago White Sox in 2023, Anderson had to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal in order to try and get his value back up in South Beach. The hitting environment won't be the best for the 30-year-old in Miami, but he'll be guaranteed regular playing time as the Fish's primary shortstop. Anderson slashed a weak .245/.286/.296 with only one home run in 2023, but prior to that, he had posted a .318/.347/.474 slash line the previous four years in Chicago and could easily bounce back if he can stay healthy in 2024. The move to sign Anderson will move Jon Berti to a utility infield role in Miami.
Miami Marlins right-hander Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time since last September when he appeared in a rehab game before being shut down again due to his ailing right shoulder. The rehab outing was his first appearance since the 2020 season when he tossed a 3.46 ERA for the Fish in seven starts down the stretch en route to a surprising playoff berth. However, he underwent shoulder surgery shortly after and has yet to appear in a big-league game since. Now 25, the former top prospect is out of minor league options and reportedly is not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster. As a result, the Marlins would likely lose Sanchez on waivers as an attractive reclamation project for a rival club if he does not make the team.