Miami Marlins: Four Candidates to be Traded By Waiver Trade Deadline

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Jul 30, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Bryan Morris (57) throws against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Morris

Bryan Morris has been an effective reliever for the Miami Marlins since they acquired him last June. The Marlins traded away their No. 39 competitive balance pick in last year’s draft to acquire the right-handed reliever.

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  • He made the Marlins look smart right away, posting a 0.66 ERA and a 3.03 FIP in 40 2/3 innings. He built much of his value on inducing ground balls and avoiding home runs, something that evaded him in Pittsburgh.

    This year, Morris has come back down to earth a bit, but has still been effective, posting a 2.72 ERA and a 3.23 FIP in 46 1/3 innings pitched in 46 appearances in 2015 for the Miami Marlins. He has induced a nearly 60% ground ball rate and further reduced his home run rate this year.

    He however is walking nearly a batter more per nine innings and seen a dip in his strikeout numbers. With Morris being arbitration eligible after this season and the general volatility around relief pitchers, the team would be wise to move him before his big payday.

    Still, a trade involving Bryan Morris is a lot more likely this off-season than it is now. If Morris were to be put on waivers before August 31st, there’s a good chance he’d get gobbled up by a team just to block him from getting to a team with a better record than their team.

    Moving Morris before he starts getting expensive is a good idea though. The Miami Marlins are rich in relief talent in the upper minors, making his loss sting a lot less.

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