In a strategic move, the Miami Marlins announced the acquisition of seasoned catcher Christian Bethancourt from the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday. The addition of Bethancourt marks another familiar face for the Marlins’ new president of baseball operations, Peter Bendix, drawing from their shared history in Tampa Bay.
Bethancourt’s Noteworthy Performance:
During the 2023 season, Bethancourt showcased his prowess with Tampa Bay, boasting a .225 batting average alongside 16 doubles, 11 home runs, and 33 RBIs in 104 games. His defensive skills were also evident, throwing out 13 of 57 baserunners. The Panamanian-born backstop brings a wealth of experience, holding a career batting average of .231 with 113 RBIs and 31 home runs.
Trade Details and Cleveland’s Considerations:
The Cleveland Guardians, who claimed Bethancourt off waivers on Nov. 6, are set to receive cash considerations as part of this transaction. The 32-year-old catcher’s move to the Marlins aligns with the team’s strategic roster-building under Bendix’s leadership.
Bendix’s Impactful Moves:
This trade signifies the second notable move orchestrated by Peter Bendix since assuming the role of president of baseball operations on Nov. 6. Bendix, formerly the general manager for the Rays, has been proactive in shaping the Marlins’ roster. In late November, he secured a trade with his former team, acquiring utilityman Vidal Bruján and right-hander Calvin Faucher from the Rays.
As the Marlins continue to fortify their lineup, Bethancourt’s arrival under Bendix’s guidance adds a seasoned presence behind the plate, enhancing the team’s overall depth and strategic capabilities.