No More Games: Marlins Rumor Roundup From Day One Of Winter Meetings
The Miami Marlins need some help this off-season and their abundance of talented youngsters could get them what they need to compete in coming years. With day one of the Winter Meetings underway, let’s look at where the Marlins are in the news.
Marlins Talking To Masterson
The Marlins rotation is already quite good, but they could be looking to add another talented arm. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that the Marlins are one of many teams that are talking to free agent starter Justin Masterson.
As previously stated, Miami isn’t alone. The Red Sox and Rangers have already made offers to the righty while the White Sox, Giants, Twins, and Royals are also in discussions with him.
Masterson is coming off a horrendous 2014 season. He went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 28 games (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals. However, in 2013 he went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and over a strikeout per inning. He could be a potential bounce-back candidate.
Rangers To Ask Marlins About Heaney And Eovaldi
According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Texas Rangers are expected to ask the Marlins about a potential trade for either Andrew Heiney or Nathan Eovaldi.
Heaney went 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in 7 games (5 starts) for the Marlins in 2014, while Eovaldi was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 33 starts. Both are very talented and could get the Marlins a decent return.
Jed Lowrie A Possibility?
The Marlins are reportedly looking at the second and third base market. There interest in Chase Headley is well documented, but there might be another free agent fit.
According to ESPNs Jerry Crasnick, Jed Lowrie is open to the idea of playing second or third base and that Miami could be a possible landing spot.
Lowrie struggled last season as a member of the Oakland Athletics, hitting .249/.321/.355 with only 6 home runs and 50 RBIs. However, in 2013 he hit .290/.344/.446 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs.
He could also be a bounce-back candidate in Miami.
The time for waiting is over. The first day of the Winter Meetings is over and if the Marlins truly want to contend in 2015 and beyond, they need to make some moves to address their infield. It’s time to get serious.
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