Marlins' roster packed with new faces after busy offseason

Gordon, Latos, Morse and Prado headline newcomers on overhauled club

Marlins' roster packed with new faces after busy offseason

MIAMI -- One of the more active squads during the Hot Stove season, the Marlins completed six trades, signed a couple of key free agents and brought in a few other promising parts. In all, from those moves, 13 new faces have joined the club's 40-man roster.

Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Michael Morse, Martin Prado, Dan Haren and Ichiro Suzuki headline the list of newcomers. reviews the key new guys.

2B Gordon: As a team, the Marlins swiped 58 bases last year. With the Dodgers, Gordon paced the Majors with 64. Gordon provides some much-needed speed at the top of the order, and he secures second base.

RHP Latos: Injuries limited Latos to 16 starts and 102 1/3 innings with the Reds in 2014. He brings a proven track record to a young rotation. Prior to last year, Latos had back-to-back 200-plus-innings seasons, and four straight with more than 180.

1B Morse: A World Series champion with the Giants, Morse signed a two-year deal with Miami to play first base and provide protection behind Giancarlo Stanton.

Marlins introduce new trio

3B Prado: Although Casey McGehee won the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award, the Marlins went in another direction when Prado was available. A career .291 hitter with a .340 on-base percentage, Prado takes over at third.

RHP Haren: Would he or wouldn't he report? That was the question after Haren was acquired from the Dodgers. His desire was to pitch on the West Coast, but he is ready to be a Marlin. Haren has at least 30 starts in 10 straight seasons.

OF Suzuki: Miami feels it has the best starting outfield trio in the NL. In Ichiro, the Marlins may have the best fourth outfielder as well. The 41-year-old is 156 hits shy of 3,000.

Ichiro introduced by Marlins

RHP David Phelps: The right-hander will compete for a rotation spot. If Phelps isn't part of the plans, he will wind up in the bullpen. With New York last year, he made 17 starts and appeared in 32 games.

RHP Aaron Crow: The 28-year-old made 67 relief appearances with the Royals last year, and he was an All-Star as a rookie in 2011. Crow likely will be a multi-innings relief option.

RHP Andre Rienzo: He is another promising right-hander, who may start or relieve. Formerly with the White Sox, Rienzo appeared in 18 games with 11 starts in 2014.

INF Miguel Rojas: Strong defensively, Rojas will fit into the utility infield mix. A natural shortstop, he appeared in 85 games with the Dodgers last year, but batted just .181 with a .242 on-base percentage.

LHP Andrew McKirahan: A Rule 5 Draft pick, McKirahan is a sleeper candidate to make the club. With Double-A Tennessee in the Cubs' system, he struck out 24 with six walks in 28 2/3 innings in '14.

Marlins claim righty Claiborne

RHP Preston Claiborne: Claimed off waivers from the Yankees, Claiborne showed promise in New York in parts of two seasons, especially in 2013, when he threw 50 1/3 innings of relief.

RHP Kendry Flores: He was obtained in the McGehee trade with the Giants. A starter, Flores projects to open at Double-A Jacksonville.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.