Miami expressed interest in acquiring Mariners left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery before he was traded to the Cubs on Wednesday, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
The asking price for Montgomery was high because he is a controllable asset, though it’s notable the Marlins are also considering adding a left-handed reliever.
Over 61.2 innings this season, Montgomery pitched to a 2.34 ERA and 3.20 FIP. He didn’t have has much success last season, posting a 4.67 FIP over 90.0 innings.
The Marlins are known to be seeking starting pitching, although there are several clubs interested in starting help and few controllable starters available.
Miami improved its bullpen by signing Fernando Rodney and could consider a left-handed upgrade. The Marlins haven’t had a left-handed specialist relief option since they signed Randy Choate.
The unit has fared well this season, pitching to a 4.24 ERA, which ranks eighth in the National League.
As the deadline approaches, the Marlins are expected to remain active. Starting and relief help could be the club’s priority.