Miami has not given a lot of attention to its bullpen this offseason, however that may change before the start of Spring Training. According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins have reached out to Scott Boras with regard to Francisco Rodriguez, though nothing appears to be imminent.
Nothing is imminent, but #Marlins have touched base w/ Scott Boras about K-Rod. Club may revisit.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) February 8, 2015
Rodriguez, 33, posted a 3.04 ERA and 4.50 FIP in 68.0 innings pitched with the Brewers a season ago. He also closed 44 games, and would add an experienced arm to the back of a rather youthful bullpen.
Although the Marlins rightfully sought to upgrade their lineup and starting rotation this offseason, adding bullpen depth could only make their roster stronger. Steve Cishek will serve as Miami's closer again in 2015, with Mike Dunn, Carter Capps, A.J. Ramos, and Bryan Morris expected to break training camp as members of the club's bullpen. Aaron Crow, Sam Dyson, and a handful of non-roster invitees could also compete for a bullpen job this spring.
Cishek has emerged as a young and consistent closing option, and has appeared to improve enough to get left-handed hitters out on a regular basis. However, having Rodriguez as insurance could be beneficial, and he would give the Marlins notable depth at the back end of the 'pen. Morris and Dunn may split time in seventh inning, with Rodriguez seeing time in the eighth and Cishek entering in a closing situation.
While the Marlins may not want to give K-Rod a large contract, they did save $1 million dollars after winning their arbitration case with Mat Latos. Latos sought $10.4 million, with the Marlins offering $9.4 million and ultimately coming out on top. Rodriguez may be seeking more than $1 million, but Miami may be able to justify adding another major league piece or two. The payroll should not be a concern for the Marlins, who reportedly strongly considered adding James Shields.
Despite the fact that Dunn may be the club's lone left-handed reliever in 2015, adding another veteran arm may prove to be beneficial. If Rodriguez is not attractive, Rafael Soriano could be another option. Milwaukee and Toronto have been interested in both Rodriguez and Soriano, but for the right price the Marlins can improve an already strong bullpen.