The Marlins thought they had successfully completed a deal that would have sent Arizona lefty Wade Miley to Miami, and Miley thought he was headed to Miami too. According to The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, Miley was confident he would either be traded to Miami or Texas before he was acquired by the Red Sox.
Miley, 28, was among the Marlins' many targets as they were looking to add a veteran pitcher with playoff experience at the Winter Meetings in December. Although the deal never got done, the Marlins were confident they would be able to receive Miley in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi. Such a swap would have been beneficial for a right-handed heavy rotation, however the Diamondbacks backed away and Miami instead sent Eovaldi to New York in the Martin Prado deal.
Although they were unable to acquire Miley, who would have given the club left-handed depth, the Marlins were able to add Mat Latos, Dan Haren, and David Phelps this offseason. Miami is expected to open with a rotation, which although is right-handed intensive should prove to be competitive and productive, consisting of Henderson Alvarez, Latos, Haren, Tom Koehler, and Jarred Cosart. At the start of the offseason, the Marlins were thought to be interested in adding a left-handed starter. But the Marlins do have Brad Hand, who is a lefty long relief option that will see time as a starter this spring. Hand's contract (out of options) may make him a favorite to earn a bullpen spot moving forward.
Miley has been able to log at least 200 innings in each of the last two seasons, however he saw his ERA jump from 3.55 to 4.34. His 3.89 FIP remained the same, although Miley has been susceptible to allowing home runs frequently over the last few seasons. The Marlins, at that time, had Andrew Heaney and Justin Nicolino, and now even with just Nicolino developing, adding Miley likely would not have been necessary.
Ultimately, the Marlins upgraded their rotation without adding Miley. However, if the club is in need of a starter this summer, Miley may predict he will be dealt to Miami if the Red Sox are open to dealing him.