Miami is still looking to add a veteran starting pitcher this offseason, and the club could find one during the upcoming Winter Meetings. The Marlins have been linked to both free agents and starters who would have to be acquired in a trade, and according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Marlins have reportedly reached out to Jake Peavy this offseason.
Peavy, 33, saw time with both the Red Sox and Giants in 2014. Crasnick notes that after his performance in Game 6 of the World Series, during which he struggled in 1.2 innings, Peavy is eager to find a team to sign with and return to the mound.
The Marlins have reportedly reached out to veteran starter Jake Peavy’s camp this offseason, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
The market for Peavy has been relatively quiet thus far, as teams seemingly wait to see what happens with top starters Jon Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields.
Although he had success in his first postseason start against the Nationals, Peavy had an inconsistent year. In 32 starts, he posted a 3.73 ERA and 4.11 FIP to complement a 1.9 WAR. The Marlins want an experienced arm who has been durable and consistent, and Peavy has been an innings eater over the course of his career. He tossed 202.2 innings last season, and has pitched at least 150 innings eight times in 14 major league seasons.
Having the desire to add an arm until Jose Fernandez is completely healthy next summer is likely the right approach, however Peavy may be a bit expensive. He might not sign until several big name pitchers are off the market, and coming off of a two-year, $29 million contract could be out of the Marlins' reach financially. The organization has consistently said the payroll will increase in 2015, however with the club trying to lock up young core players, signing a big name free agent such as Peavy may not be realistic or beneficial.
MLB.com believes that Peavy will be a third or fourth starter next season, although in the Marlins rotation could see time in between Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi until Fernandez returns. He would add the veteran presence Miami is looking for, and depending on the contract could be controllable while the Marlins' young core develops.
Miami has yet to make Peavy an offer, and may not do so at all. Adding the veteran would improve the rotation, but for what it may cost, might not be worth it.