The Marlins have reached out to the Padres to determine if lefty Drew Pomeranz will be available before the trade deadline, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.
Miami is known to be seeking both starting and relief depth and has been connected to Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi this week.
If the Padres make Pomeranz available, he would be an intriguing option for the Marlins, who currently have only one left-handed starter—Adam Conley— in their starting rotation.
Pomeranz, 27, has been effective as a starter with the Padres this season, pitching to a 3.00 ERA and 3.44 FIP over 81.0 innings. He is averaging almost 11 strikeouts per nine innings and walking just more than four.
Miami will likely express interest in controllable starters, as it did in 2014 before acquiring Jarred Cosart from the Astros. After this season, Pomeranz is under team control for another two years and is only making $1.35 million. Owner Jeffrey Loria reportedly would be open to adding to the team’s payroll if the Marlins are in contention, which they are to this point.
The Marlins don’t have much minor league depth and it would likely take at least a pair of prospects to acquire Pomeranz, who has pitched to a career 3.84 ERA. Miami has ruled out moving any player on its 25-man roster.
Pomeranz could be the most intriguing because he is affordable and has a pair of option years remaining. The Marlins have made clear they plan to address their starting unit, which ranks 13th in baseball in collective ERA.
With Cosart and Justin Nicolino in Triple-A, the Marlins don’t have much depth to turn to. A trade could come quickly as a result.