Journeyman left-hander Brian Moran is looking to latch on with another organization after being released by the Marlins Friday night (h/t Andersen Pickard, MLB Daily Dish). Moran had been designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room for on the 40-man roster for newly acquired Stephen Tarpley.
Moran was a bright spot for Triple-A New Orleans, tossing 60 innings of 3.15 ERA/4.18 FIP/4.48 xFIP ball for them in 2019. The Marlins rewarded him with a September call-up after more than decade in professional baseball. His 10 appearances down the stretch were mostly forgettable, with the exception of his debut: Brian Moran made younger brother (and former Miami farmhand) Colin Moran his first-ever MLB strikeout victim.
Moran’s pitching style is difficult to describe—imagine stretching out Sergio Romo’s limbs and reversing his handedness. There are no more than a handful of current major leaguers who subsist on a two-pitch arsenal despite one of those offerings being a mid-80s fastball.
This move is just the latest step towards overhauling the Marlins bullpen. They used 20 different pitchers in relief in 2019; only eight of them are still with the organization.