Marlins announce deals with Locke, Ellis, McGowan

Marlins announce deals with Locke, Ellis, McGowan

MIAMI -- All the paperwork and physicals are completed, as the Marlins announced the signings of left-hander Jeff Locke, catcher A.J. Ellis and right-hander Dustin McGowan to one-year contracts on Monday afternoon.

The three deals were anticipated, after each player reached agreement last week at the Winter Meetings.

"We're excited about the possibility of adding a catcher we think fits with everything we're trying to build," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said at the conclusion of the Meetings last Thursday. "We're happy to add starter depth, and bringing back Dustin McGowan, who was very effective in our bullpen and gives us another piece that lengthens out that 'pen and gives us a chance to shorten the game."

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Locke, 29, will compete for a rotation spot. The left-hander is signed for $3 million. Ellis, 35, will make $2.5 million to back up J.T. Realmuto.

McGowan, 34, returns for his second season with the Marlins. Last Spring Training, the right-hander made the club as a non-roster invitee.

Locke joins the Marlins after spending six seasons with the Pirates. An All-Star in 2013, the lefty will again work with Jim Benedict, formerly with the Bucs and currently the Marlins' vice president of pitching development.

Locke has impressed at Marlins Park, going 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA in four career starts, including his only career shutout. On May 30, 2016, the lefty threw a three-hitter in Miami in an otherwise down year, going 9-8 with a 5.44 ERA in 127 1/3 innings.

Locke's three-hit shutout

Entering his 10th big league season, Ellis reunites with Marlins manager Don Mattingly. They were previously together with the Dodgers from 2011-15. Since the start of 2008, Ellis leads Major League catchers (with a minimum of 400 games played) in fielding percentage (.997) and catcher ERA (3.32).

Ellis' go-ahead RBI single

McGowan logged 67 innings and posted a 2.82 ERA in 55 relief appearances. The right-hander is a multi-inning candidate.

McGowan strands the bases loaded

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.