Cross Aroldis Chapman off the list of potential relievers the Marlins could consider this offseason.
While the Marlins are interested in adding depth to the back end of their bullpen, it’s “highly unlikely” Chapman signs with the Marlins, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
An associate of star free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman said it’s highly unlikely Chapman will end up with Miami.
Chapman, 28, had a dominant season with the Cubs and Yankees and helped Chicago win the World Series. Over 58.0 innings, he pitched to a 1.55 ERA and 1.42 FIP.
However, Chapman’s numbers improved once he joined the Cubs. He pitched to a 1.01 ERA and 0.82 FIP 26.2 innings to complement 16 saves.
Because the Marlins want to upgrade their bullpen, they will likely at least consider Chapman. A deal almost certainly remains unlikely, though, because FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported last week Kenley Jansen is the club’s top target.
As the December Winter Meetings approach, the Marlins seem to be considering adding relief depth in lieu of signing or trading for starting pitching help, indicating the market’s lack of established pitchers.