Jose Fernandez is set to return to the mound on Thursday afternoon against the Giants and the Marlins might be prepared to act accordingly. Miami has a notable amount of starting pitching depth, and according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the club has received trade inquiries on Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Brad Hand, and Tom Koehler.
#Marlins have received multiple trade inquiries on Mat Latos and Dan Haren, sources say. Can move starter with Jose Fernandez's return.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 29, 2015
Also, teams have expressed interest in #Marlins starter Tom Koehler and (current reliever) Brad Hand.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 29, 2015
Jarred Cosart has been pitching out of the bullpen since returning from the disabled list and Hand has served as the Marlins' long reliever. Even with Henderson Alvarez on the disabled list, the Marlins will likely consider moving at least one starter over the next few weeks.
Although he reportedly was not pleased after being traded to Miami, Haren has been a valuable addition to the back end of the Marlins' rotation. At 34, he has posted a 3.38 ERA and 4.25 FIP over 93.1 innings while striking out 6.75 batter per nine frames and averaging only 1.74 walks per nine innings.
Miami would likely consider dealing Haren because he is not expected to be in their rotation plans beyond 2015. If he does prefer to pitch on the West Coast, both the Dodgers and Giants would benefit from the addition of starting pitching and could be open to making a deal involving Haren.
Despite his ability to be consistent in the past, opposing clubs might be skeptical because of Latos' inability to remain healthy. The Marlins knew he has been plagued by injuries before acquiring him from the Reds and Latos has already spent time on the disabled list in 2015.
Over 62.1 innings, Latos has posted a 5.49 ERA and 3.61 FIP. When he is healthy, he has had trouble throwing strikes and keeping the ball down in the strike zone, which might make it challenging to trade him if the Marlins were open to the idea.
Koehler, 29, was coming off of a solid 2014 campaign and has continued to have success this season. He has posted a 3.66 ERA and 4.55 FIP over 86.0 innings and has anchored the back end of Miami's starting rotation.
Since he is under control beyond 2015, the Marlins will likely plan to keep Koehler in the rotation moving forward. Some scouts see him pitching out of the bullpen, possibly as a closer, but the Marlins might have to be made a notable offer in order to consider dealing Koehler.
The Marlins were open to trading Hand throughout spring training however were unable to find a deal they were fond of. Hand has posted a 5.95 ERA and 2.56 ERA in 39.1 innings as a reliever but will likely be attractive because he is a controllable left-handed piece who has both starting and relief experience.
Hand is out of options, and as a result, he could be the first Marlins starter to be dealt. But the club does not have a lot of left-handed depth which may make it hesitant to deal Hand.
Ultimately, big names such as Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, and Scott Kazmir will likely draw the most interest. But for clubs seeking upgrades within their rotation, the Marlins have several affordable options.