Marlins pick up 2015 option on backup catcher Jeff Mathis
The Miami Marlins announced they will exercise the 2015 team option worth $1.5 million on backup catcher Jeff Mathis.
Mathis, who was traded to the Marlins as part of the blockbuster deal with the Toronto Blue Jays two years ago, has played in 137 games over two seasons.
The 31-year-old hit .200 with seven doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in 64 games backing up Jarrod Saltalamacchia in 2014. He threw out 33 percent of would-be basestealers, committing just one error for a .998 fielding percentage.
In 2013, Mathis started 70 games and batted .181 with seven doubles, a triple, five homers and 29 RBI when Rob Brantly struggled as the primary catcher.
Prospect J.T. Realmuto, who made his big-league debut in mid-June, will begin the season in minors so he can play on a daily basis. He was named the organization's Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .299 with 25 doubles, six triples, eight homers an 62 RBI with Double-A Jacksonville.