Aguilar has consistently hit fourth in the Marlins' early spring contests, a likely indication of the regular-season batting order, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports. He's been following Jonathan Villar, Brian Anderson and Corey Dickerson in the order. After erupting for 35 homers and 108 RBI in 2018, Aguilar took a massive step backwards last year, but the Marlins are hoping he can regain something close to his prior form in the cleanup spot.
Aguilar will make $2.575 million this season after winning his arbitration case, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Aguilar was claimed off waivers by the Marlins in December and appears to be lined up to play a significant role at first base this season. He'll have to hit far better than he did last season if that's to happen, however, as his .236/.325/.389 line in 369 games for the Brewers and Rays last season isn't nearly good enough for the position.
Aguilar was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The Marlins have some middling in-house options at first base in Garrett Cooper and prospect Lewin Diaz, who could debut late this summer, but Aguilar will enter camp with a solid chance to make the Opening Day roster, especially since Cooper is capable of playing the outfield. The 29-year-old first baseman hit 35 home runs with a 135 wRC+ in 2018, but regressed last season, slashing .236/.325/.389 with 12 home runs in 369 plate appearances. Cooper and Aguilar are both right-handed, but Cooper has reverse splits for his career (117 wRC+ against righties, 85 wRC+ against lefties), so perhaps they could form a platoon if Aguilar does not win the job outright.
The Rays designated Aguilar for assignment Wednesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. Aguilar failed to follow up his breakout 2018 campaign, hitting just .236/.325/.389 with 12 homers in 131 games with the Brewers and Rays last season. He'll make way on the 40-man roster for Brian O'Grady, who was acquired in a trade with the Reds in a corresponding move.
Aguilar hit a two-run homer in his only at-bat in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers. Aguilar came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and drilled a two-run shot to right center field. The 29-year-old has played sparingly in September, notching only five starts and being lifted for a pinch hitter in three of those games. After a breakout 2018 season in which Aguilar hit 35 homers and racked up 108 RBI for Milwaukee, he has regressed drastically in 2019, compiling only 12 long balls and driving in 48 runs.