If the Marlins make a major free agent signing this winter, the club could consider Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Though Miami’s emphasis almost certainly will be on upgrading the starting rotation, improving the bullpen could be next on the list. The Marlins had one of the National League’s better units last season and might be taking notes with regard to how Cleveland has used Andrew Miller.
Last spring, the Marlins were prepared to have Carter Capps and A.J. Ramos compete for the closing job. However, once Capps went down for the season, Ramos was tasked with pitching the ninth. He fared well and was named an All-Star as a result, but Ramos might best be suited for the eighth inning. Now with Capps having been traded to San Diego, adding another arm could make sense for the Marlins.
Because the Marlins have been linked to Chapman in the past, any interest wouldn’t be surprising. He’s had another dominant season with both the Yankees and Cubs, pitching to a 1.55 ERA and 1.42 FIP over 58.0 innings.
It’s unlikely the Marlins would consider using Chapman as a starter, though since the club is in need of pitching depth, they could consider the possibility. Adding Chapman would be notably expensive, because he is already making more than $11 million this season.
Jansen, too, is another expensive closing option. But he also thrived this season, pitching to a 1.83 ERA and 1.44 FIP over 68.2 innings with the Dodgers.
While the Marlins might not be the favorite to land either Chapman or Jansen, they could remain in the mix. Adding another reliever would push Kyle Barraclough to a seventh inning role and Ramos to the eighth.
Miami attempted such a sequence after acquiring Fernando Rodney, but Rodney struggled in the eighth inning.