Miami is interested in adding both starting and relief depth and has had “preliminary contact” with the Rays with regard to starter Jake Odorizzi, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
#Marlins looking at starters and relievers and have had preliminary contact with #Rays on Jake Odorizzi, source says.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 20, 2016
Since the Marlins don’t have much depth behind Jose Fernandez in the rotation, it’s likely they will emphasize upgrading their starting staff in the coming weeks. Wei-Yin Chen has been inconsistent behind Fernandez, and Justin Nicolino was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday.
Another top starter would likely improve Miami’s starting unit, which has pitched to a 4.21 ERA.
Tampa Bay has struggled this season and will likely sell this summer as a result. It might take a lot to acquire Odorizzi, though, since he is having a productive 2016 campaign.
Over 84.1 innings, Odorizzi has pitched to a 3.63 ERA and 3.99 FIP. His career 3.75 ERA is notable and he would give the Marlins an effective option behind Fernandez.
Odorizzi is likely one of many starters the Marlins will check on during what could be the club’s most active summer in a few seasons.