Marlins snag Jorge Julio for prospect

Pitcher Jorge Julio was acquired Monday by the Florida Marlins from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit.

Pitcher Jorge Julio was acquired Monday by the Florida Marlins from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit.

"We thought it was the right thing to do, given the composition of the bullpen," Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said, "to bring in the experience, a guy who has closed."

Julio, 28, posted a 2-4 record with a 4.23 earned-run average and 16 saves in 62 relief appearances for the New York Mets and Diamondbacks last season.

The Venezuelan right-hander pitched in 18 games for the Mets, who traded him to Arizona for Orlando (El Duque) Hernandez last May 24.

Now he gets to close games for the Marlins.

"It's good for me because this team is giving me the opportunity to be the closer," Julio said. "I'm so happy."

Julio is 13-28 overall with a 4.20 ERA and 99 saves in 343 relief appearances over six MLB seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, Mets and Diamondbacks.

He held opposing batters to 55 hits in 66 innings last season, striking out 88 and walking 35.

With files from the Associated Press