Marinez was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Thursday. Marinez, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates over the weekend, is set to join his third different team in 2017. The right-handed reliever compiled a 3.91 ERA and 40:23 K:BB through 50.2 innings between the Brewers and Pirates this season. He is expected to join the big club ahead of Friday's series opener against the Astros, with a corresponding roster move to be announced then.
Marinez was designated for assignment Saturday. He has a 3.91 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 50.2 innings split between the Brewers and Pirates this season. Pittsburgh needed to clear a 40-man roster spot for George Kontos, who was claimed from San Francisco.
Marinez has pitched 14.1 innings in nine games with a 2.51 ERA and 1.33 WHIP since being claimed off waivers by the Pirates in the middle of May. Marinez benefited from a change of scenery this season when he went from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh. With the Brewers, he gave up 10 runs in 16.2 innings for an ERA of 5.40 to go along with a WHIP of 2.04. Now for the season as a whole, he has lowered his ERA and WHIP to 4.06 and 1.71.
Marinez threw 2.2 scoreless innings Monday in his debut for the Pirates. He allowed two hits and two walks without striking out a batter. He loaded the bases in his final inning before Daniel Hudson relieved him and recorded the third out. Marinez offers a sinking fastball, which the organization believes can become an effective weapon. Milwaukee released him recently after he allowed 23 hits and 11 walks in 16.2 innings. He'll likely continue to work in low-leverage spots as the team attempts to turn his season around.
Marinez has been added to the 25-man roster and will be available Saturday against the Phillies. The 28-year-old will be in uniform Saturday after being claimed off waivers earlier in the week. Marinez was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Monday after a rocky start to the season, but he was a serviceable reliever in 2016 with a 3.18 ERA over 62.1 innings. He figures to slot into a middle-relief role, and his 94 mph fastball could be a valuable weapon in the Pirates bullpen if he improves his location (5.94 BB/9 this season).