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Miami Marlins 'poked around' for bullpen help

Rafael Soriano was an option but the Marlins felt he would not be prepared when necessary.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

At 22-32 heading into Friday night's contest against the Colorado Rockies, the Marlins' goal is to try and get as close to five hundred as possible before the All-Star break. The club could sell several key pieces before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, butRafael Soriano was an option but the Marlins felt he would not be prepared when necessary.  according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the organization recently sought bullpen help but opted to turn to internal options.

With Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos, and Jarred Cosart on the disabled list, the Marlins' bullpen has been taxed. Brad Hand and Tom Koehler have stepped in and had success and Jose Urena continues to adjust to facing major league hitters. Steve Cishek ultimately lost his closing job after posting a 6.98 ERA and 4.26 FIP in 19.1 innings to this point in 2015. A.J. Ramos has had success, though, and once Jose Fernandez returns from the disabled list, the Marlins' starting rotation should prove to be more effective.

Before he was called upon to start, Hand was productive as the Marlins' long relief option. But Mike Dunn (5.03 ERA, 3.73 FIP in 19.2 innings) has yet to establish himself as consistent, opposing batters are hitting .333 against Bryan Morris, and Cishek posted a .321 BAA (batting average against) before he was optioned to Double-A. The Marlins have turned to Carter Capps and Ramos late in games and the recently promoted Kendrys Flores could find himself in a bullpen role moving forward.

When the Marlins were considering adding to the bullpen in the beginning of May, Rafael Soriano was a name that was mentioned. Jackson adds the Marlins did not believe Soriano would be prepared to make an impact immediately and was not worth his $4 million asking price. Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA and 3.08 FIP in 62.0 innings with the Nationals last season. He has saved 42, 43, and 32 games over the last three seasons, respectively, and had his best year with the Rays in 2010, during which he posted a 1.73 ERA in 62.1 innings.

Heading into the season, the Marlins were confident in their bullpen. Miami's relievers had a notable amount of success last season, and as a result, significant upgrades may not have been necessary. Morris, Cishek, and Dunn could all turn things around and the Marlins could add depth in the coming weeks. The club's offense and starters will likely become more consistent, and as Jackson notes, the Marlins are pleased with their current unit.

If the Marlins are close to five hundred next month, they could make a few moves. Adding to the bullpen will likely remain an option.