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.
The Marlins also have signaled that they might be willing to trade current closer A.J. Ramos, especially if revenue-sharing rules change https://t.co/M5qfk7zsj5— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 29, 2016
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.