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Latest Pablo López updates as deadline approaches

Will the Marlins trade their No. 2 starter prior to Tuesday’s deadline?

Pablo Lopez #49 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 08, 2022 in New York City. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

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Pablo López’s 2022 season stats: 3.41 ERA, 3.60 FIP, .223 BAA, 47.0 GB%, 1.9 fWAR in 118.2 IP (21 G/21 GS)

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López’s career stats: 3.87 ERA, 3.75 FIP, .238 BAA, 48.2 GB%, 7.7 fWAR in 448.2 IP (83 G/83 GS)

Miscellaneous details: $2.45 million salary this season; under club control through 2024 via arbitration; age 26; has already set a new single-season career high in innings pitched; used exclusively as a starter since reaching the majors

MONDAY, 7:12 P.M. ET

The Dodgers had been speculated as a logical Pablo López trade partner since trade season began. They possess several high-upside position player prospects in the upper minors who could be appealing to the Fish such as catcher Diego Cartaya, infielder Miguel Vargas and outfielder Andy Pages.

SUNDAY, 1:41 P.M. ET

Pablo López took the mound against the Mets for his regularly scheduled start.

“If they deal him, I get the sense it’s probably a last minute Tuesday deadline thing,” per Craig Mish.

SUNDAY, 1:21 P.M. ET

López and Frankie Montas have posted extremely similar numbers this season. There are plenty of differences in their pitching styles and career paths, but all things considered, I suspect that teams linked to Montas would be interested in acquiring López for the right price.


The Marlins announced that López is their probable starter for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Mets, indicating that no trade involving him is close to being completed.

FRIDAY, 11:00 P.M. ET

Mariners acquire RHP Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for INF Noelvi Marte, INF Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt and RHP Andrew Moore.

A massive trade market domino has fallen, and the consensus is that the buying team overpaid. Outside of a two-month slump in 2021, Castillo has been an awesome starting pitcher throughout the last half-decade (career 3.62 ERA, 3.70 FIP, .224 BAA, 53.2 GB%, 16.5 fWAR in 792.1 IP). However, his command isn’t quite what you expect from a bonafide ace, he has authored only one complete game in his MLB career and he’ll be eligible for free agency after the 2023 season. Was that worth gutting your farm system for?

Also, the Mariners were not among the teams presumed to have strong interest in Pablo López. This surprise leaves the Dodgers, Yankees, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Twins (among others) still shopping for rotation reinforcements.

I think the Castillo trade increases the odds of López being dealt prior to the deadline. If the market values starters this much, the Marlins should get meaty proposals in the coming days.


From Craig Mish of SportsGrid on the latest episode of Fish Stripes Unfiltered:

  • “They’ve gotten a lot of interest. I’m sure everybody knows that.”
  • “I don’t think they’re gonna extend Pablo López. There has been no conversation about it.”
  • “I do think they’re gonna trade him before next week. This is my opinion only—this does not come from fact. I can say right now that I don’t think they have any deal close at all.”


From Jeff Passan of ESPN:

For upward of two years, the Marlins have flirted with dealing López, the 26-year-old right-hander whose seven innings or two-hit, no-walk, 11-strikeout ball Tuesday night left quite an impression. The Marlins do have Sandy Alcántara, but the remainder of their rotation is by no means dominant, and as great as right-handed prospects Eury Pérez and Max Meyer may be, Miami would need a huge haul to warrant giving up 2½ years of López.