Lou Marson
Lou Marson
33-Year-Old CatcherC
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Reds in February of 2016.
CLos Angeles Angels  
February 12, 2016
Marson signed a minor league deal with the Angels on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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Marson has not seen significant time at the major league level since 2012 when he played in 70 games for the Indians. In addition, he has only played in 25 games combined between Double-A, Triple-A, and the MLB over the past three seasons. This move seems to be simply to increase the Angels' organizational depth.
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Throughout his career, Marson has been known for his work behind the plate rather than his contributions swinging the bat. A shoulder injury limited him to just five plate appearances at the big league level in 2013 and the emergence of Yan Gomes ultimately rendered him expendable. Marson is ideally suited to serve as a caddy to a workhorse catcher, where he could make a start or two each week and contribute from the bottom-third of the batting order. A career .219/.309/.299 hitter, Marson signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in December where he will compete to back up Carlos Ruiz this spring.
Marson is a useful backup catcher, but nothing more. His bat is not enough to carry him in most fantasy formats as he does not offer any power upside and lacks the playing time necessary to inflate his counting totals. He'll return as Cleveland's backup catcher to Carlos Santana, benefiting from the Tribe's steady use of Santana at first base in order to keep their best power threat in the lineup regularly.
Marson saw more playing time than most backup catchers do as a result of Cleveland's desire to shift Carlos Santana over to first base or DH on occasion to give him a break from the catching duties. Marson didn't do much with the slightly expanded role, hitting .230 with just one homer in 79 games for Cleveland. He's nothing more than a catch-and-throw backstop, and doesn't offer anything of fantasy relevance at the plate. He'll serve as Santana's primary backup again this season and should see a similar workload.
Marson started the season as the team's starting catcher, keeping the position warm until Carlos Santana was deemed ready. In a cruel twist of fate he got sent to Triple-A once Santana arrived only to get called back up when Santana's season was ended with a knee injury. Marson draws a fair amount of walks but doesn't hit for average or power. If Santana is slow to recover from knee surgery, Marson would likely start the season as the team's catcher. Even with that opportunity, there's nothing here to get excited about.
Marson draws walks but doesn't hit for any power. Still, he could find himself as the Indians' catcher on Opening Day now that Kelly Shoppach is in Tampa Bay. He's merely keeping the position warm with top prospect Carlos Santana just about ready. There's really nothing to get excited about here even if he wins the job out of spring training.
The 22-year-old Marson has ascended exactly one level of play ever since entering the Phillies’ organization in 2004 and he experienced his best campaign in 2008 with Double-A Reading. He's a promising prospect behind the plate and while it's unlikely he'll find his name on the Opening Day roster, he'll have a chance at a late-season callup if he continues to develop. Marson could find himself playing ahead of Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste by season's end, so keep an eye on his progress. He has limited power but great hitting instincts and could be worth adding in keeper formats given that he's still got some time to add pop.
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Lou Marson: Signs With Reds
CCincinnati Reds  
May 8, 2014
Marson signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Thursday.
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CFree Agent  
March 14, 2014
The Phillies released Marson on Friday, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
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CPhiladelphia Phillies  
February 28, 2014
Marson (shoulder) went 1-for-1 with a run scored in Friday's exhibition game against the Tigers.
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CPhiladelphia Phillies  
Shoulder
December 18, 2013
Marson (shoulder) signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.
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CCleveland Indians  
Shoulder
December 2, 2013
Marson was non-tendered by the Indians on Monday and will become a free agent.
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