The Miami Marlins entered the offseason with multiple different priorities surrounding the roster. While adding to positions such as catcher and the outfield were among the biggest, another priority was to sign star pitcher Sandy Alcantara to an extension.
While the Marlins have only made one notable move so-far this offseason adding to the roster, Miami is reportedly set make a massive move by re-signing the 26-year-old ace.
Miami Marlins reportedly nearing extension with pitcher Sandy Alcantara
According to Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, the Marlins are reportedly nearing an extension with Alcantara with the deal being a five-year extension worth more than $55 million guaranteed.
This is obviously a massive win for the Marlins as not only does Miami secure their ace long-term, but the deal is also a team-friendly contract for a pitcher the caliber of Alcantara.
Since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2017, Alcantara has made 78 career starts with the Marlins in which the right-hander has posted a combined 20-34 record with a 3.49 ERA, as well as having made one All-Star appearance (2019).
Looking back at this past season alone, Alcantara made a total of 33 starts with Miami, the most in the major leagues. A career-year for the right-hander, Alcantara pitched a career-high 205.2 innings in which he posted a 3.19 ERA with 50 walks and a by-far career-high 201 strikeouts.
Not only did Alcantara post career-high’s in innings and strikeouts, but the right-hander also posted a career-low’s in WHIP (1.075) and BB/9 (2.2), as well as career-high’s in K/9 (8.8), WAR (4.1), K% (24%), and BB% (6%).
This appears to be a win-win deal for both the Marlins and Alcantara that will keep the 26-year-old in Miami for years to come as the leader of the Marlins starting rotation. Looking ahead as well, with the Alcantara extension reportedly done, will the Marlins turn their attention to address other spots on the roster this offseason?