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Marlins Claim RHP Justin Shafer And LHP Josh Smith Off Waivers

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In attempts to rebuild their rotation amid the clubhouse’s COVID-19 outbreak, the Miami Marlins have claimed right-handed reliever Justin Shafer and left-handed pitcher, Josh Smith, off of the Cincinnati Reds waivers.

In 40 career games, Shafer has played two seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays. Shafer has played in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, totaling a career average 3.75 ERA along with 41 total strikeouts.

Similar to Shafer, Smith comes off a short stint campaign with the Reds. In 2019, Smith had a short stint with the Fish, along with the Cleveland Indians. In Smith’s career, he’s accumulated a 6.39 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

It’s unknown how the Marlins plan to fit Shafer and Smith into their scheme. With the team’s shortage of starters due to COVID-19, he likely has an assured spot on Miami’s 30-man roster.

In addition to Miami’s two new players, they’ve placed Garrett Cooper, Harold Ramirez and Jose Urena on the injured list.

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