The Marlins landed another starting pitcher Wednesday morning, signing veteran Jeff Locke, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Locke’s deal with the Marlins is one-year and is worth $3 million, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Though the Marlins seem focused on improving the back-end of their bullpen, the club was also seeking pitching help as it prepared for the Winter Meetings. After signing Edinson Volquez, the Marlins still had one starting rotation spot to fill.
Locke will now join a rotation that features Volquez, Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen and Tom Koehler.
Locke, 29, struggled with the Pirates last season, pitching to a 5.44 ERA and 4.84 FIP over 127.1 innings. However, he pitched to a 3.69 ERA over 297.2 innings with Pittsburgh between 2013 and 2014.
After investing $22 million in Volquez, the Marlins were seeking inexpensive starting help. Locke has experience and is another left-handed option, which has proven to be important to have in the National League East.
Now that they signed Locke, the Marlins are likely done signing starting pitchers with the exception of veterans who will accept minors deals.