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The Miami Marlins have seen injuries help kill their 2015 season. This is evident in the pitching staff, which has seen a multitude of players depart, whether it be by injury or trade.
Henderson Alvarez, Miami’s mid/high rotational starter going into the season, has missed the most time among the Marlins’ starters. Now, following a season full of absence, the Marlins may be looking to tender an offer towards Alvarez.
From Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson:
"### At this point, the Marlins lean toward tendering an offer to pitcher Henderson Alvarez, who’s coming off shoulder surgery and could make about $4 million in arbitration if Miami keeps him. The decision will come down to his medicals before the early December tender deadline. He said he should be ready to pitch by February."
Alvarez’s effectiveness has dipped this season, likely due to his lack of health. Over 22.1 IP, he went 0-4 and owned a 6.75 ERA. However, Miami views Alvarez for his success in 2014, when the 25-year-old righty went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA.
Additionally, Barry Jackson noted that reliever Aaron Crow won’t likely be tendered.
"But it’s less likely the Marlins tender $2 million reliever Aaron Crow, who’s coming off Tommy John surgery. Crow said he might not be ready until April and the Marlins feel good about their young relievers. So Crow, the Marlins’ first acquisition last offseason, might end up never throwing a regular-season pitch for Miami."
Dealing with injuries is a challenge every franchise has to face, the Marlins especially. In the case of Alvarez, the Fish are willing extend him, not so much the case with Crow.
From Around the Web:
Marlins eliminated: Owner Jeffrey Loria has a mess on his hands — David Brown, CBSSports.com
Overmatched by Max Scherzer and the Nationals on Sunday afternoon, the Marlins fell 5-0 and were eliminated from the 2015 playoff race. By now, their elimination was a surprise to no one, but the Fish were said by some to be playoff contenders during the preseason.
Soon after opening day, it was clear they would struggle, and with the club 16-22 on May 17, owner Jeffrey Loria decided to fire manager Mike Redmond and replace him with general manager Dan Jennings. That hasn’t worked out, either, and Loria has started replacing others in the front office ahead of what could be a purge in the offseason. (Read More Here)
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