Three Marlins Clear Waivers
Cox, Maine, and Hernandez were all designated for assignment Sunday by the Marlins. Right-handed reliever Evan Reed was also designated, but he didn't clear waivers, as he was claimed by the Detroit Tigers.
Cox entered the 2012 season as one of the top 100 prospects in the game, according to Baseball America. Over 422 plate appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple- and Miami's Double-A affiliates, the 23-year-old hit .254/.301/.409 with 29 doubles and 10 home runs.
Hernandez appeared in 45 games for the Marlins last season, posting a batting line of .212/.288/.341 with two doubles, three triples and three home runs. Miami acquired the 25-year-old from the Pittsburgh Pirates last July in exchange for Kyle Kaminska and Gaby Sanchez.
The Marlins selected Maine off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in November. The 28-year-old spent the 2012 campaign with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, posting an ERA of 6.08 over 30 appearances spanning 26. 2/3 innings.
Cubs Sign Murphy
The Chicago Cubs have signed middle infielder Donnie Murphy to a minor-league contract, reports Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Murphy, 30, opted out of his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers last week when the club decided to go with Yuniesky Betancourt as their reserve infielder for Opening Day.
Murphy will report to the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, but could possibly be called up to Wrigley in the near future if Darwin Barney's knee continues to give him trouble.