The Marlins are still seeking starting pitching depth and are interested in veteran starter Jason Hammel, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
marlins are still looking at starters (i.e. fister, hammel) as well as relievers, after signing volquez— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 30, 2016
Miami added Edinson Volquez on Monday but still wants to add another starter before Spring Training. Volquez, Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler and Adam Conley are expected to be among the starters in Miami’s rotation.
The Marlins have been linked to Jon Niese, C.J. Wilson, Doug Fister and Daniel Hudson and will likely continue to monitor affordable free agent options. Hammel will likely be among them.
Hammel, 34, pitched to a 3.38 ERA and 4.48 FIP over 166.2 innings. However, he has pitched to a 4.42 ERA and 4.22 FIP over more than 1,500 innings.
The Cubs declined Hammel’s option for 2017 and as a result he became a free agent. Though he remains a possibility, Hammel might be too expensive. He is in a position to request an extensive deal, but almost certainly are considering every option.