Update (9:09 AM EST): Peavy agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Giants.
For the second time this offseason, the Miami Marlins have been linked to Jake Peavy. Before the Winter Meetings, the Marlins reached out to Peavy while they were in pursuit of a veteran starting pitcher. The club ultimately added Mat Latos and Dan Haren, but according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, could be interested in Peavy if Haren elects to retire.
Although the Marlins spoke to Haren before the trade with Los Angeles got done, he has yet to make a decision with regard to his future. He publicly threatened to retire if he was dealt to a team that wasn't on the West Coast, primarily for the sake of his family. Regardless, the Marlins received Haren's $10 million 2015 salary in the deal, but they would much rather see him pitch in a Marlins uniform.
Miami identified Haren as a middle of the rotation arm, however Peavy at this point in his career may be a fourth or fifth option. Att 33, he saw time with both the Red Sox and Giants last season, and after his Game 6 struggles, he is eager to get back on the mound.
In 32 starts last season, Peavy posted a 3.73 ERA and 4.11 FIP to complement a 1.9 WAR. Peavy has been an innings eater over the course of his career, having tossed 202.2 innings in 2014, and has pitched at least 150 innings eight times in 14 major league seasons.
The Marlins are looking to add pitching depth after losing Anthony DeSclafani, Andrew Heaney, and Brian Flynn in trades this offseason. Miami has also reportedly considered trading Nathan Eovaldi, although such a move would likely prove to be counterproductive. The club was able to add a first baseman in Michael Morse without losing a starting pitcher, and as a result should feel comfortable with regard to its pitching depth.
With Max Scherzer and James Shields waiting to sign, Peavy is not necessarily the most attractive name on the free agent market. But if Haren elects to retire, he may be a solid option for a season or two moving forward.