Marlins sign Van Slyke, Diaz to Minors deals

Pair receives invitations to ST; Cloyd, Kickham also added as NRIs

January 13th, 2018

MIAMI -- The Marlins added right-handed hitting and pitching depth to their system by signing outfielder/first baseman and right-hander Jumbo Diaz to Minor League contracts on Saturday with invitations to Spring Training.

Miami also added right-hander and lefty Mike Kickham as non-roster invitees for when Spring Training opens at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 14.

Van Slyke was traded from the Dodgers to the Reds last July as part of the deal that sent lefty Tony Cingrani to Los Angeles. The 31-year-old previously played for Marlins manager Don Mattingly when the two were with the Dodgers.

Miami has a shortage of right-handed-hitting outfielders.

Van Slyke saw limited action with the Dodgers last season, appearing in 29 games. In 355 big league games, he owns a .242/.326/.417 slash line with 29 home runs and 95 RBIs. The son of former big leaguer, Andy Van Slyke, Scott dealt with right wrist and lower back injuries in 2016.

Diaz, 33, made 31 appearances for the Rays last season. The right-hander posted a 5.70 ERA with a 4.52 FIP in 30 innings, and he averaged 8.4 strikeouts and 4.5 walks per nine innings. He broke in with the Reds in 2014, and has 173 games of big league experience with a 4.02 ERA.

Cloyd, 30, broke in as a starter with the Phillies in 2012. He signed with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization in '15. He signed a Minor League contract with the Yankees in '16, and he made one relief appearance for the Mariners last season.

Kickham, 29, last pitched in the big leagues with the Giants in 2014. The lefty has 30 1/3 innings of big league experience.