Marlins invite RHP Henry Rodriguez, IF Avery Romero to camp
The Miami Marlins announced Thursday they have invited right-hander Henry Rodriguez and second baseman Avery Romero to spring training.
Rodriguez, who turns 27 next month, has pitched parts of five seasons in the majors. He had 22 combined appearances with the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs in 2013. The Cubs designated him for assignment after the season.
The Venezuela native has a career 5-7 record and 4.24 ERA. His best year came in 2011, when he went 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA in a career-high 59 appearances for Washington. But he struggled in 2012 and was demoted.
With the departure of Chad Qualls and Ryan Webb, Rodriguez could rebound in South Florida as he vies for a spot in the Marlins bullpen. Last month, Miami acquired 23-year-old Carter Capps from Seattle for Logan Morrison.
Romero, selected by Miami in the third round of the 2012 draft, also can play third base. He split time last season with Batavia of the New York-Penn League and Single-A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League.
The 20-year-old Romero hit .297 with two home runs, 18 doubles and 20 RBI in 56 games with Muckdogs. In nine games with the Grasshoppers, he batted .147 with one homer and five RBI.
Last week, the Marlins announced the signing of six players to minor league free-agent contracts with invitations to spring training: right-handers Jesus Sanchez and Kevin Slowey, left-hander Josh Spence, infielder Juan Diaz and outfielders Matt Angle and Joe Benson.
Sixteen others — many top prospects within the organization — were extended invites: right- handers Anthony DeSclafani, Bryan Evans, Colby Suggs, Rett Varner and Nick Wittgren, left- handers Adam Conley, Andrew Heaney, James Leverton, Greg Nappo and Justin Nicolino, catchers Austin Barnes and Kyle Skipworth and infielders Danny Black, Mark Canha, Colin Moran and Austin Nola.
There are currently 64 players on the Marlins spring training roster.