The Miami Marlins have a starting pitching surplus
By Neil Raymond
The Miami Marlins have a great problem…. We have a lot of starting pitching options. So many that no one is “bad enough” to be a swing man or to stay in the Minors. What are we going to do about it? Should we trade someone for a hitter? Should we just keep everyone as “you can never have enough pitching”? Let’s take a look at The Fish’s loaded starting pitching surplus…
The Miami Marlins have a starting pitching surplus.
Sandy Alcantara is our ace and is thankfully not going anywhere anytime soon. Another ace not going anywhere is Pablo López, he was rumored to be a trade target but it would be crazy to trade someone who has a 1.83 ERA/2.94 FIP in 10 games and 59 innings pitched. It would especially be a bad idea since the Miami Marlins are trying to contend.
Jesús Luzardo is next and he has too much promise and upside to do anything but to keep him on board. He’s also cost-controlled for the foreseeable future. That’s already three arms we need to keep, but then there’s Edward Cabrera who just pitched a gem during a recent doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies. Obviously he’s too young and cost-controlled to do anything with but keep.
We’re at 4 starting pitchers already and then there’s Trevor Rogers. He’s having a bad season, but he was pitching like a Cy Young candidate just last season and is still young enough to get back to that level of performance again. I recently analyzed him in fact. He lost a lot of trade value to give the Miami Marlins a good return back, and has too much upside to give up on completely either.
That’s already five starting pitchers but there’s still two more options for the rotation. Remember elite pitching prospect Max Meyer? He’s going to get called up eventually and could be our next ace. It’s too risky to trade him now.
Finally there’s Sixto Sanchez. The former top prospect who seemed to be on the verge of breaking out prior to his injury. Sixto doesn’t have enough trade value at the moment, but looks like he still has potential and should not be given up on yet.
The Miami Marlins have many good options for the rotation. 7. great options in fact. It makes no sense to trade any of them and some don’t have good trade value at the moment. Meyer or Cabrera for elite hitting might make sense but is risky. The Miami Marlins have a good problem.