In what was the first move for the Miami Marlins this offseason, the club announced on Sunday night that the Marlins had acquired right-hander Louis Head in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for a PTBNL.
Outfielder Brian Miller was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. The former first round pick by Miami in 2017 saw his first big league call-up with the Marlins this past season where he went 3-for-11 with a run scored across five games.
Miami Marlins acquire RHP Louis Head
A former 18th round pick by Cleveland in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Texas State, the 31-year-old had spent time in the Indians, Dodgers, and Mariners organizations before signing with Tampa Bay as a free agent in February of 2021.
Making his major league debut this past season in the process, Head would spend the 2021 campaign split between Triple-A Durham and the Rays making a total of 53 appearances between the two (26 in AAA, 27 in MLB).
Seeing time in a multi-inning relief role with Tampa Bay, Head posted a combined 2-0 record with a 2.31 ERA across 35 innings pitched with nine walks and 32 strikeouts. Posting a 0.857 WHIP, Head also posted a 23.9 K%, as well as opponents holding a .175/.246/.250 slash line against the right-hander.
As mentioned previously, Head also made 26 appearances with Triple-A Durham where he posted a 2.20 ERA across 28.2 innings pitched with 10 walks and 37 strikeouts. Having pitched across nine career minor league seasons, Head holds a career 3.57 ERA and 42 saves across 438.2 innings pitched. The right-hander also holds a career 3.2 BB/9, as well as a 9.5 K/9.
The first of likely many moves to come from the Miami Marlins this offseason, Head will likely begin the 2022 campaign as a member of the Marlins bullpen where he could remain in the majors for a larger period of time than with the Rays.