Miami is considering relief depth as a result of a weak starting pitching market and is interested in free agent reliever Kenley Jansen, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The Marlins have a connection to Jansen because he pitched under Manager Don Mattingly in Los Angeles. However, Jansen received and then rejected a qualifying offer. As a result, the Marlins would lose a draft pick by signing him.
Jansen, 29, pitched to a 1.83 ERA and 1.44 FIP over 68.2 innings. He also earned 47 saves and has saved at least 35 contests in each of the last three seasons.
Jansen is capable of pitching several innings, which could also make him an ideal candidate for the Marlins. Heyman deemed Jansen Miami’s “top target,” though he might command a deal too extensive for Miami.
A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough both had effective 2016 seasons, and Miami’s bullpen could benefit from another top arm. It could be the ideal approach for the Marlins, who don’t seem open to parting with members of their core.