Reunited: Marlins Sign Miguel Olivo, Spells Fate for Skipworth

Miguel-OlivoThe Marlins signed Miguel Olivo to be the backup catcher for them in a one year deal worth $800K. Curiously, there is a clause that the Marlins have 45 days to waive him at no charge – which is the window within which Jeff Mathis should return to the Marlins from his broken collarbone.

Olivo comes back to the Marlins after spending the past two seasons with Seattle where he wasn’t putting up great numbers. What does this mean for the Marlins? They get a back up catcher whom they know and he has an incentive to perform well. If not, the Fish can release him without penalty but more importantly, Olivo will use this as an audition to latch on with another team. Maybe even salvaging some trade value in the short term, too.

For Kyle Skipworth, this means he is shoving off to the minors again but let’s not see this as a bust just yet. His defense has gotten a lot of praise but his offense still needs a lot of work to be a serviceable big league backstop. The comparisons to Buster Posey are not apt, as he was older and more polished than Skipworth, although Skipworth’s power is still a plus. He needs to refine his hitting approach and that is something Tino Martinez was working with him on. Whether or not he can put up sustainable numbers will be the true test.

The Marlins, through their snarky front office, have been able to find a suitable replacement at backup catcher with Olivo until Mathis gets back. Not running out there with Skipworth makes sense because Rob Brantly is already a young prospect looking to make the big leap forward and Skip is a lefty batter too, which doesn’t give Redmond much of an option. Solid moves all around.