Campbell joins camp as non-roster invite

Straily puts arbitration ruling behind him

February 17th, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. -- An already crowded Spring Training roster for the Marlins grew by one more on Saturday. , who played parts of three seasons with the Mets, has been added to big league camp as a non-roster invitee. Miami now has 69 players in camp.

The 30-year-old was with the Mets from 2014-16, and last year played 21 games in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers.

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"It's good to have him in camp," manager Don Mattingly said. "I saw him a little bit with the Mets. He can play third and some first. He can hit the ball out of the ballpark. He's a guy we'll get to look at and see where he fits."

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Campbell had signed recently with the Marlins, but it was a strict Minor League contract without an invitation to big league camp. Now, when full-squad workouts begin on Monday at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex, Campbell will be competing for a bench role.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is a right-handed bat who can play first base. He will be in the mix with other non-roster invitee corner infielders, and .

Arbitration ruling behind Straily

The arbitration ruling handed down on Friday didn't go Dan Straily's way, but the right-hander has no hard feelings, and his focus is back to preparing for the upcoming season.

A three-person panel on Friday ruled in favor of the Marlins in their hearing with Straily, which took place on Thursday in Phoenix. Straily will make $3.375 million this year. He had filed at $3.55 million.

"Just because I didn't win my hearing doesn't mean there is any animosity towards my team," Straily said. "That doesn't exist, no matter what. I'm just kind of happy that it's over."

The timing of the hearing is what bothered Straily because it disrupted his first couple of days of camp.

The Marlins opened Spring Training on Wednesday. That morning he threw off the mound, and then was excused to travel to Phoenix. He was back in uniform on Friday.

"I wish it would have been a few days earlier," Straily said. "I'm happy it's over, and I get to be with my team now, and leave the off-the-field stuff behind, and just be here, and work towards the common goal here.

"It could have been before camp started because that's two days I didn't get to spend with my teammates. Not that it's really like a distraction. It breaks up my chance to be with my guys the first two days. We're all anxious to get here. I came here for like five minutes and had to leave."

Worth noting

Saturday was a light workout day for the pitchers, who threw off the mound and went through pitchers' fielding drills. The first full-squad workouts begin on Monday, when pitchers will begin facing hitters.

Up next: The final day of strictly pitchers and catchers' workouts will be on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex. Practice is open to the public.