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Marlins could trade Ramos

This might be counter-productive.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Marlins have “signaled to other clubs” they could be open to trading closer A.J. Ramos this winter, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

Though a trade remains an option, the Marlins are reportedly considering adding bullpen depth instead of top starting pitchers. The club signed Edinson Volquez to a two-year deal Monday night.

Ramos, 30, pitched to a 2.81 ERA and 2.90 FIP over 64.0 innings with the Marlins last season.

If the Marlins are able to add a top free agent reliever, a Ramos trade could become realistic. However, it might be more beneficial to keep Ramos and Kyle Barraclough in the back of the bullpen.

Because he had a solid 2016 season, a Ramos trade might yield necessary depth. Still, he is likely more valuable pitching out of Miami’s bullpen in 2017.