clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Miami Marlins could deal some of their starting pitching depth

The Marlins are scheduled to have a couple of starting pitchers come off the disabled list in the next couple of weeks, and with a surplus of starting pitchers the club could decide to deal some of their depth.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Hill was adamant in telling reporters that when the Trade Deadline comes around the Marlins would not be sellers of players that are under team control past this season. In saying that, Hill did not rule out the possibility of the Marlins dealing players on expiring contracts, such as Dan Haren and Mat Latos. When asked about what the Marlins would do with their pitching depth, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro mentioned Latos and Brad Hand as possible candidates to be dealt:

As for trade chips, Hill noted the club is not looking to deal anyone who is controllable beyond 2015. Could that change by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline? Absolutely. For now, though, that means Tom Koehler, David Phelps and Cosart aren't on the market. I don't think the Marlins are looking to deal Dan Haren, a free agent next year, either. Mat Latos, also a pending free agent, could be dealt. And Brad Hand is out of options. So something may happen with him.

Although the Marlins have gotten off to a slow start in the 2015 season, the team is just under eight games back of first place in an NL East division that no team has ran away with yet. The hope is that when the Marlins get some of their key players back off of the disabled list as the season wears on, that they could make a run towards a playoff position. Although the club's rotation has been riddled with injuries and inconsistencies, it is about to receive a big addition when Jose Fernandez returns to the mound next Wednesday. Jarred Cosart could also return to the club within the next couple of weeks as well.

With a soon to be crowded rotation, the team is going to have to make some decisions on who to move out of the rotation. David Phelps is the most likely candidate to move out of the rotation and into to the bullpen as a long arm, which could make Brad Hand an expendable arm. While Jose Urena and Justin Nocilino have pitched well in each of their respective short stints in the majors, the club may still want to send them back to the minors as other players come off of the disabled list. If the team would rather keep one or both of their young arms in the majors, then it could look to deal a pitcher that is in their final year of club control or is out of options.

After reportedly not wanting to play in Miami during the offseason, Dan Haren has arguably been the Marlins most consistent starting pitcher. Haren holds a 6-4 record to go along with a 3.19 ERA, but has given up 14 home runs in just over 87 innings of work. Haren is a free agent after this season, and it is known that Haren would prefer to pitch on the west coast. Mat Latos has been very inconsistent in his first season in Miami, as he has a record of 2-4 to go along with an ERA of 5.37. Latos is also on an expiring deal, and it is unknown whether there is mutual interest in Latos returning to the Marlins after this season. So if the Marlins feel that Haren and/or Latos will not return next season, they could look to flip them for a long-term asset at the Trade Deadline.

There have not been any reported talks of Latos, Haren, or Hand being on the trading block, but a lot can change over the next month. If the Marlins are have a worse record come the Trade Deadline, then they will probably be very active in trade talks about their pitching depth. But if the Marlins are in the playoff picture and believe that Latos and Haren are among their best five starting pitchers, it would make sense for them to hold onto them.