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The Marlins needed a front-line catcher because John Baker is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Baker, who hurt his arm in May, had been sharing the job with Ronny Paulino.

Paulino missed the rest of the year because of a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a controlled substance. Buck’s signing suggests the Marlins won’t tender Paulino.

“We can go play today right now. We have four new pieces in our bullpen. We have our starting catcher. We have really good position players,” Beinfest said. “It’s not Thanksgiving yet, and that’s a pretty comfortable position to be in.”