It seemed Jose Urena was destined to earn a spot on the Marlins roster given the fact he is out of options, but don’t be shocked if he ends up earning the last spot in Miami’s rotation.
Adam Conley has struggled, and as a result, Conley, Urena and left-hander Justin Nicolino are all reportedly in the mix for the final starting job. Urena could serve as a long relief option out of the bullpen but might be better suited starting. Plus, given Miami’s lack of minor league depth, Nicolino will likely open the season in Triple-A.
Urena struggled with the Marlins last season, posting a 6.13 ERA and 4.72 FIP over 83.2 innings and 12 starts. He has proven he has a plus arm but has had difficulty with command during his time with Miami.
Conley, who was among Miami’s most consistent starters last season, has pitched to a 6.94 ERA over 11.2 innings this spring. As a result, the Marlins are considering other options.