The Marlins are interested in free agent starter Justin Masterson, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2015, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
It’s no secret the Marlins are hoping to upgrade their starting rotation this winter, and the club is “looking to hit the jackpot with a surprise pitcher,” according to Cafardo.
Masterson, 31, has had difficulty remaining healthy throughout the course of his major league career. Still, he could be a bounce-back candidate and might be among the more inexpensive options the Marlins consider.
Masterson struggled with the Red Sox in 2015, pitching to a 5.61 ERA and 4.89 FIP over 59.1 innings. However, he was an All-Star in 2013, when he posted a 3.45 ERA and 3.35 FIP over 193.0 frames.
The Twins are also interested in Masterson, so there is a chance Miami gets outbid. Nonetheless, the Marlins almost certainly are in the process of conducting a comprehensive search for pitching depth.