With just a day left to make a deal, the Miami Marlins have yet to find what they are looking for.
Miami is still looking to add a starting pitcher who has at least an option year, and Jon Morosi reported via Twitter on Wednesday that the Marlins are discussing a deal with the Red Sox that would send John Lackey to Miami.
Sources: Marlins and Red Sox are discussing a possible John Lackey trade. @FOXSports1— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2014
Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and 3.56 FIP in 137.1 innings pitched. He is signed through 2015 and will be an inexpensive option because he underwent a second Tommy John surgery.
The Marlins are also reportedly in on Jon Lester, although the asking price is rumored to be high. Miami would likely part with Jake Marisnick in a potential deal to acquire Lackey, but has made it clear there is no interest in trading Christian Yelich.
Miami is looking for an arm to complement Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler, and Brad Hand or Jacob Turner in the rotation. Lackey would make sense, and would be a quality front of the rotation arm until Jose Fernandez returns in 2015.
President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill continues to explain any deals made have to make sense for the club's long term plans.
"These guys in this room know we believe in them, and believe in the talent in this room," Hill said Wednesday morning. "Whether we’re able to make a deal or not, I think they know we have their back. We’re supportive of what they’re trying to do. We’re going to do what’s best to try to upgrade. But we’re not going to be foolish. We’re not going to be short-sighted. I think we understand where we’re at as an organization, but we also understand where we’re trying to go."
Within the starting pitching market, the Marlins are reportedly interetsed in Tommy Milone, Wade Miley, and Ian Kennedy in addition to Lester and Lackey.
Miami may look to trade for David Price if he is available, and also wants to add a second baseman with speed.
Update (3:40 ET): Miami Herald reporting there is a "zero chance" of Lackey trade to Marlins.
Hearing that there is "zero chance" of a Lackey trade to #Marlins— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 30, 2014
Jon Heyman of CBS notes that Lackey and Lester are both unlikely to be traded to Miami.
marlins seek a starter; lester, lackey seen as unlikely. http://t.co/saKu4dKLr3— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2014