Reliever Brandon Kintzler signed a one-year deal with the Marlins on Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster for Kintzler and outfielder Matt Joyce, who also agreed to a one-year contract, the club designated left-handers José Quijada and Jarlin García for assignment.
Kintzler's deal is worth $3.25 million for the 2020 season, sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. The right-hander's contract includes a $250,000 buyout of a $4 million club option for 2021, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler is coming off a bounce-back season with the Cubs, in which the right-hander compiled a 2.68 ERA across 57 innings spanning 62 outings. The 10-year veteran should pitch high-leverage innings for a Miami club that has rounded out its Major League roster with more experience. The Marlins also acquired infielder Jonathan Villar, first baseman Jesús Aguilar and outfielder Corey Dickerson this offseason.
Kintzler joins Ryne Stanek and Drew Steckenrider in the back end of Miami's bullpen. With 49 career saves, including 29 in his lone All-Star season in 2017, Kintzler could be a strong candidate to close games for the Marlins.
For a Miami club that finished in fifth place in a tough National League East last season, Kintzler, who has a career 3.37 ERA, could also be a strong trade chip ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline if he pitches well in the first half of the season.