4. The DFA of Tazawa was a good step, but it is too early for the next steps
Ziegler was awful today. He has been before and he will be again. But as I wrote recently, he is part of a squad of high-contract players on this Marlins team that must be dealt with…until they can be dealt, or their contracts run out. Wei-Yin Chen, who had a nice effort in 5 1/3 innings today, but is still best-viewed as a guy who might attract a high-payroll team to make a deal at the trade deadline this year. The Fish are still on the hook for two more years. They’re paying Chen at a salary cost akin to a top tier starter. Dan Straily‘s pretty good too.
Ziegler is also being “showcased” and assuming Martin Prado comes around with the bat, he will be in that same group of players the team would like to move on from. In Prado’s case, it is simply due to cost and age. He has been a stellar player when healthy, and a terrific role model and leader always.
And for what its worth, Tazawa would have likely been placed in the spot Tayron was today if he had still been on the roster. Because they were trying to showcase him, too.