Though he is out of options and could eventually be claimed on waivers by another club, Jose Urena is unlikely to be traded this offseason, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Urena has received several opportunities to remain in the majors with the Marlins but has been unable to take advantage. As a result, he might be preparing for his final Spring Training with Miami.
The Marlins built a “super bullpen” of sort and are relying on the limited pitching depth they have entering 2017. Miami has one of baseball’s worst minor league systems, and Urena is thought to be one of the organization’s best prospects.
Urena, 25, has seen time as both a starter and reliever in his time with the Marlins. Over 83.2 innings with Miami last season, he posted a 6.13 ERA and 4.72 FIP.
Miami could explore trades involving Urena, who at his best has proven to have one of the better power arms on the club’s roster. Despite his struggles, he might have a roster spot to lose this spring.
The Marlins can turn to Urena in a relief role or have him compete for a rotation spot. Regardless, a trade seems unlikely given Miami’s outlook with regard to his ceiling.