It’s never too early to look ahead in baseball. If the Marlins are a contender down the stretch, would this team consider trading for pitching talent? That question was posed to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro earlier this week. The Miami beat writer said he believed Miami would be a team looking to improve the pitching staff toward the end of the season.
“Trading tends to heat up in July, but to your point, yes, I think the team is open to making moves. The cost for pitching on the trade market is high. So if a trade occurs, be prepared to part with a Competitive Balance Draft pick and a top prospect like third baseman Brian Anderson.
“I don't think the Marlins would move Dillon Peters or top overall prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, Braxton Garrett.”
The Marlins made many moves to both the rotation and the bullpen in the offseason. Manager Don Mattingly changed things up a bit when he decided to carry 13 arms on the opening day roster and opt for only four bench players. So far, injuries to the lineup have tested Mattingly’s plan, with bench players being used in the lineup and team having to call up players to fill reserve roles.
If the Marlins are in need of a starter, it could be a fair bet management will find ways to improve the rotation.
“Miami should be getting pitching depth back in May. Jeff Locke opened the season on the DL with left shoulder tendinitis. Getting Locke back, either for the bullpen or rotation, is like making a trade.
“Justin Nicolino is a possibility, as is Peters. But Peters fractured his left thumb the other day at Double-A Jacksonville, and he will likely miss at least four to six weeks.”
There is also a chance Jose Urena could move from the bullpen to the rotation and fill in as a spot starter – much like David Phelps did last season.