The Miami Marlins Surprises in the 2023 MLB Season and Acquires Christian Bethancourt for 2024
The Miami Marlins were a pleasant surprise in the 2023 MLB season, securing a place in the Major League Postseason despite not being one of the favored teams. Although they were defeated in the Wild Card Series, the team is already looking ahead to the 2024 season.
Positioned third in the East division of the National League, the Marlins finished behind the powerful Atlanta Braves and the consistent Philadelphia Phillies with a record of 84-78. Skip Schumaker, the team’s manager, received Manager of the Year honors, showcasing the team’s successful season.
In recent days, the Marlins have made entry and exit movements, with the most recent acquisition being left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer. This move comes after Smeltzer previously participated in nine games in the majors during the 2023 season and was utilized in critical moments due to injuries within the team.
The latest acquisition for the Marlins is catcher Christian Bethancourt, as reported by Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase. Bethancourt, a 32-year-old Panamanian with seven years of MLB experience, is known for having one of the best arms for a catcher in the league. He joins the Marlins from the Cleveland Guardians, despite never playing with the Guardians after being claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays.
In the 2023 season, Bethancourt played 104 games and recorded an offensive line of .225/.254/.635 with 11 home runs, 33 RBIs, and 49 runs scored. The Marlins are optimistic about the addition of Bethancourt as they prepare for the 2024 MLB season.