MIAMI -- The Marlins on Monday completed a trade of reliever Nick Wittgren, sending the right-hander to the Indians for Minor League pitcher Jordan Milbrath. In another move, Miami brought back right-handed reliever Austin Brice.Claimed off waivers from the Orioles, Brice will serve his second tenure with Miami. To clear
MIAMI -- The Marlins on Monday completed a trade of reliever Nick Wittgren, sending the right-hander to the Indians for Minor League pitcher Jordan Milbrath. In another move, Miami brought back right-handed reliever Austin Brice.
Claimed off waivers from the Orioles, Brice will serve his second tenure with Miami. To clear 40-man roster space, the Marlins designated outfielder Isaac Galloway for assignment.
Miami designated Wittgren for assignment last Tuesday as the corresponding move after infielder Neil Walker signed as a free agent.
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
Wittgren spent three seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins, posting a 3.60 ERA over 118 appearances. He compiled a 2.94 ERA in 33 2/3 innings in 2018. The 27-year-old right-hander got caught up in a numbers situation in the back end of Miami's bullpen.
Milbrath, 27, is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound right-hander who combined for a 3.96 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A last season.
A 35th-round Draft pick of the Indians in 2013, Milbrath is not being added to Miami's 40-man roster. He also is not expected to be a non-roster invitee to big league Spring Training.
Brice, 26, is familiar to the Marlins.
A ninth-round pick of the organization in 2010, Brice made his big league debut with Miami in '16, appearing in 15 games. The right-hander was dealt after that season to the Reds as part of the trade for veteran Dan Straily.
In two seasons with the Reds, Brice logged 70 innings in 55 games (all in relief) with a 5.40 ERA.
Brice is a multi-innings relief candidate who has bounced around this offseason. The Orioles claimed Brice off waivers from the Angels on Jan. 4.
Galloway spent his entire professional baseball career with the Marlins, making his big league debut last season after spending parts of 11 seasons in the Minors.
The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in 43 games for the Marlins in 2018, and in limited action, he hit .203 with three home runs and seven RBIs. He had been a candidate for a backup outfield spot.
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