Miami Marlins News: Aaron Crow Headed for Tommy John Surgery


Unfortunately, this is not an April Fools day post. Aaron Crow, who the Marlins acquired via trade during the off-season is headed towards Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2015 season for the Marlins, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

"“The last time I pitched was Saturday. I felt fine then, but came in the next day and it was really sore and it was painful to throw,” Crow said. “[Surgery is] definitely not what I wanted to hear.”“It sucks,” Crow said. “It kind of makes it worse coming over here and before I even got a chance to help the team out I get hurt and never have an opportunity this year.”"

The Marlins decision to acquire Crow was questionable in the first place, as they traded left-handed prospect Brian Flynn and Reid Redman. Crow posted a 5.40 FIP in 59 innings of work last season and struck out a career low of just over 5 hitters per nine innings. He has posted a -1.4 fWAR since his break out 1.0 fWAR season in 2012. 

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Crow was also arbitration eligible for the first time and collected nearly $2 million from the team, despite his presence not being a huge need for the Marlins. That $2 million is a lot for a team that has a paper-thin budget already.

Crow will be arbitration eligible again next season and is a likely non-tender candidate now, as he likely was last year before the Miami Marlins acquired him.

Even worse, a strong spring for Brian Flynn has him on the cusp of being potentially added to the Kansas City Royals bullpen. The Royals are winning this trade quite easily, as the Marlins lost two potential impact prospects and now are also out $2 million.

When the Marlins first acquired Crow there was talk about potentially stretching him out and trying him as a starter. Not sure if the Marlins did that this spring, but if they did, that could have been a contributing factor into his injury.

With Crow headed under the knife, the door has opened for Sam Dyson to now make the roster for the team. Dyson last season posted a 2.14 ERA and a 3.16 FIP in 42 innings of work. His power sinker got an incredible 63.3% groundball rate last season.

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