Chicago improved its bullpen Monday, officially acquiring Arlodis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for a package built around shortstop package Gleyber Torres.
Miami didn’t appear to be interested in Chapman, though there were reports suggesting the Marlins weighed the cost of adding New York’s closer before acquiring Fernando Rodney from the Padres.
Chapman is an impending free agent, and Rodney is under club control for another season, so the Marlins added the reliever that could be in their long-term plans. However, the Marlins are reportedly still considering the possibility of trading for another reliever.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reported the Marlins are interested in adding another left-handed reliever. With Chapman off the board, there is one fewer lefty to choose from.
Miami isn’t known for adding lefty specialists, but the bullpen might benefit from another left-handed reliever to compliment Mike Dunn.
Milwaukee’s Will Smith could be a possibility, though he isn’t arbitration eligible until next season, and the Marlins don’t have many prospects to move.
Smith has had success this season, pitching to a 3.86 ERA and 4.00 FIP over 18.2 innings.
Since the Marlins almost certainly won’t be pursuing a closer or setup-type arm before the deadline, the Chapman deal doesn’t have a direct effect. However, if they are serious about adding another top reliever, the price might be notably high.