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Outfielder Lee among 6 added to Miami roster

Marlins acquire lefty Smith, infielder Cooper from Yankees
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MIAMI -- The Marlins made a series of moves, including a Minor League trade with the Yankees, that enabled them to fill all 40 of their roster spots before Monday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to set their squad.

From New York, Miami acquired left-hander Caleb Smith and infielder Garrett Cooper for right-hander Michael King and international bonus pool money. The Marlins also added outfielder Braxton Lee and right-handers Merandy Gonzalez, Pablo Lopez and James Needy to the roster.

MIAMI -- The Marlins made a series of moves, including a Minor League trade with the Yankees, that enabled them to fill all 40 of their roster spots before Monday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to set their squad.

From New York, Miami acquired left-hander Caleb Smith and infielder Garrett Cooper for right-hander Michael King and international bonus pool money. The Marlins also added outfielder Braxton Lee and right-handers Merandy Gonzalez, Pablo Lopez and James Needy to the roster.

By protecting all six on the 40-man roster, the Marlins ensured they will not be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in December.

The 26-year-old Smith spent a majority of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 9-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 98 innings. He briefly pitched for the Yankees, tossing 18 2/3 innings and posting a 7.71 ERA.

Cooper, a 6-foot-6 first baseman, played in 13 games with the Yankees and batted .326 in 45 plate appearances.

Video: NYY@TOR: Cooper notches four hits, two RBIs

The Marlins had six roster spots available entering Monday.

Lee, 24, was acquired from the Rays as part of the Adeiny Hechavarria trade, and he played for Double-A Jacksonville. He finished with a .309 batting average, which was tied for the Southern League batting title. Since October, he has represented the Marlins at the Arizona Fall League.

A left-handed hitter who can play all three outfield spots, Lee is expected to compete for a roster spot for the Marlins in Spring Training. He could be a fit as a fourth outfielder.

The emergence of Lee is one reason the Marlins did not exercise their $2 million club option to retain Ichiro Suzuki a few weeks ago.

Lee carried over his regular-season success into the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .347 with a .398 on-base percentage.

The Marlins obtained Gonzalez from the Mets in July as part of the A.J. Ramos trade. At three Class A-level clubs, the righty had a combined record of 13-3 with a 1.66 ERA.

Video: Top Prospects: Merandy Gonzalez, RHP, Marlins

Lopez came to the Marlins in the David Phelps trade, and at Class A Advanced Jupiter, the 21-year-old right-hander posted a 2.18 ERA in 45 1/3 innings.

Needy threw 17 1/3 innings and had a 4.67 ERA at the Arizona Fall League.

Last week, the Marlins made another Minor League move, which doesn't affect their 40-man roster. Jose Pena, formerly with the Yankees' Double-A Trenton affiliate, reached agreement on a contract that does not include an invitation to Spring Training.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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