UPDATE — Miami signed Dustin McGowan to a one-year deal, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The Marlins are close to re-signing free agent pitcher Dustin McGowan, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
McGowan made Miami’s roster as a non-roster invitee last spring and had a notable amount of success. Over 67.0 innings, he pitched to a 2.82 ERA and 4.19 FIP.
Though McGowan has experience starting games, the Marlins opted to use him as a reliever and he seemed to thrive in that role.
Miami added Jeff Locke on Wednesday and seems to have its starting rotation complete. Edinson Volquez, Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler and Locke will all be involved. But the Marlins are still seeking bullpen help, and McGowan could help form what the Marlins are hoping becomes a “super bullpen.”
The Marlins are still interested in Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman, among others, but re-signing McGowan could be another step toward building a consistent bullpen. McGowan is expected to receive a major league deal, which is notable given his status last spring.