Floro was mentioned by manager Don Mattingly on Monday as someone he thought could handle save opportunities, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports. Anthony Bass and Yimi Garcia are thought to be the favorites for late-inning work in the Miami bullpen, but Floro might pitch his way into the picture with a strong spring. The right-hander is still looking for his first career save, but he's coming off a solid 2020 campaign with the Dodgers in which he posted a 2.59 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 24.1 innings.
Floro was traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins on Friday in exchange for Alex Vesia and an undisclosed prospect, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Floro doesn't have the strikeout stuff of a bullpen ace, striking out just 20.2 percent of opposing batters over the course of his five-year career, but he's had success nonetheless, posting a 3.33 ERA for his career and a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings last season. His 53.7 percent groundball rate has helped him keep runs off the board despite a modest amount of whiffs. That's typically a profile better suited for middle relief than high-leverage work, but the Marlins' bullpen isn't exactly full of big names, so it's entirely possible he picks up his first career save this season.
Floro and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year deal worth $975,000 dollars to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Floro was a workhorse out of the bullpen for the Dodgers during the 2020 season, working 24.1 innings in 25 appearances. He was quite effective as well, posting a 2.59 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 19 strikeouts. Floro isn't likely to factor into the saves picture for the team.
The Dodgers didn't include Floro on their 28-man roster for the wild-card series with the Brewers that begins Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Los Angeles is likely banking on Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw to work deep into their starts in the first two games of the series, lessening the need to keep Floro on the roster as a low-leverage reliever. Floro still earned a spot on the Dodgers' taxi squad, so he could be an option to join the roster later in the postseason.
Floro could see fewer late-inning opportunities in 2020, Rowan Kavner of Dodger Insider reports. Floro logged 22 innings of work in the eighth frame or later last season, accounting for nearly half of his 46.2-inning total. He was only mildly effective in those situations, however, yielding 10 earned runs (for a 4.02 ERA) and compiling an 18:9 K:BB. With Kenley Jansen locked in as the team's closer, Pedro Baez emerging as a reliable setup man and Blake Treinen brought in for high-leverage work, Floro's opportunities are likely to come primarily in middle relief when the 2020 campaign gets underway.