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Miami Marlins could part with Mike Dunn after landing Hunter Cervenka

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This might be Dunn’s last season in Miami.

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Miami added one left-handed reliever Saturday and as a result might be in a position to part with another.

The Marlins acquired Braves lefty Hunter Cervenka, which might give the club enough depth with Mike Dunn eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Dunn, another former Braves reliever, has been inconsistent during his time with the Marlins. He’s pitched to a career 3.51 ERA and 3.73 FIP but at times has difficulty throwing strikes with inherited runners on base.

Dunn, 31, is having an effective season, though, pitching to a 2.82 ERA and 4.52 FIP in his seventh year with the Marlins.

Cervenka made his major league debut this season, so he is yet to be arbitration eligible. He is an affordable piece, and if he pitches well, the Marlins might not have an issue with him serving as the primary lefty in their bullpen.

The Marlins could still pursue Dunn or another left-handed reliever this off-season, but the club doesn’t seem to be opposed to the idea of carrying one lefty.

Miami is in “win now” mode and is moving forward with Dunn and Cervenka in the bullpen. After the season, though, that could change.