The Marlins are still seeking another starting pitcher and are interested in veterans Doug Fister and Daniel Hudson, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Miami added veteran starter Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal Monday night, but the club still has another rotation spot to fill. Wei-Yin Chen, Adam Conley, Tom Koehler and Volquez are all expected to open the season as Miami’s starters.
Fister, 32, has been linked to the Marlins for the last few weeks. After pitching to a 4.64 ERA and 4.75 FIP over 180.1 innings with the Astros last season, he might be a fairly inexpensive option. Still, there is a chance Fister bounces back in 2017, and he has experience in the National League East.
Hudson is another bounce-back candidate, though he doesn’t have as much experience as Fister. Hudson pitched to a 5.22 ERA and 3.81 FIP over 60.1 innings with the Diamondbacks last season.
Now that the Marlins added Volquez, a less expensive free agent signing is possible. The Marlins almost certainly would rather add to their roster via free agency, and Monday’s addition might suggest Marcell Ozuna won’t be dealt for pitching help this winter.