Julio clears up Marlins closer situation
JUPITER, Fla. -- Unanswered when Spring Training opened, the Marlins finally addressed their closer situation on Monday afternoon.
In a trade that had been gaining life for more than a week, the Marlins acquired Jorge Julio and cash from the Diamondbacks for right-hander Yusmeiro Petit.
Julio offers the experience the club was looking for in the back end.
While the Marlins have been searching for veteran help, they did discover something very valuable this spring.
The recognize now that there are a number of talented internal candidates who can step in and close, either now or in the future.
Hard-throwers Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens opened eyes with their 95-plus mph fastballs and solid secondary pitches. And Kevin Gregg, obtained from the Angels last November, improved his command in recent weeks.
Inexperience is the one concern for Lindstrom and Owens, who both came over from the Mets last November.
Lindstrom, 27, has not pitched above Double-A. Owens, 27, has just three games of big league-experience, and Gregg, 28, has appeared in 125 big-league games and has one Major League save.
Lindstrom, Owens, Gregg give club plenty of depth in bullpen
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