The Marlins, who already added a pair of starting pitchers but might land another for depth, don’t have “strong interest” in free agent Doug Fister, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Miami signed Edinson Volquez and Jeff Locke earlier this offseason, and while the club might not be pursuing any costly free agent starting pitchers, Fister was thought to be an option.
Fister, 32, struggled with the Astros last season, posting a 4.64 ERA and 4.75 FIP over 180.1 innings. However, he spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Nationals and as a result has experience pitching within the National League East.
Instead of overspending on inexperienced starters, the Marlins planned to build a “super bullpen” and accomplished that goal, signing Janichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler to two-year deals. The rotation now features Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen, Volquez, Locke and Tom Koehler, but the Marlins can still consider adding an inexperienced veteran on a short-term deal.