Bullpen options for the Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins have a busy off-season ahead of us and we do have a path to the playoffs next season. We definitely have the ace for that. What about our bullpen though? We clearly need to add some arms. So, who could we add? Who are some good options for The Fish to pursue this off-season? Let’s take a look at our list of options and consider who we should target.
The Miami Marlins need bullpen upgrades.
One popular target for the Miami Marlins is Alex Reyes. Reyes has issues staying healthy and missed all of the 2022 season. When he was healthy last season, he had a 3.24 ERA and 29 saves, along with 11.8 K/9 in 72.1 innings. It’s worrying that he only pitched 145.0 innings going back to 2016, and his 6.5 BB/9 were pretty bad too, but there’s obvious upside there.
David Robertson is another intriguing target. The free agent from the Philadelphia Phillies might be more affordable due to his age (37). Splitting time between Philly and the Chicago Cubs in 2022, he produced a 2.40 ERA/3.58 FIP in 63.2 innings. Michael Fulmer is another reliever to watch. He had a 3.39 ERA/3.57 FIP in 63.2 innings split between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.
Can the Miami Marlins afford Kenley Jansen? Jansen will likely be looking at a 1 year deal again, but he has losing experience and a career 2.46 ERA/2.44 FIP. He had a 3.38 ERA/3.21 FIP in 64.0 innings for the Atlanta Braves in 2022. Adam Ottavino is overlooked, but he had a 2.06 ERA/2.85 FIP in 65.2 innings for the New York Mets in 2022.
Would the Miami Marlins consider Aroldis Chapman? Chapman has a lot of personal issues, but he has a career 2.48 ERA/2.34 FIP with 14.7 K/9. Maybe he can bounceback with The Fish? He’s from Cuba and might have interest in playing in Little Havana on a team that might give him enough time to get himself back on track.
Craig Kimbrel is coming off a down year, but like Chapman used to be a star only recently. He has a career 2.31 ERA/2.34 FIP in 688.1 innings. Brad Hand and Corey Knebel are unlikely to be too expensive either. Hand had a 2.80 ERA/3.93 FIP for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022, while former All-Star Knebel had a 3.43 ERA with 8.3 K/9 for Philly in 2022 as well.
There are multiple bullpen options for the Miami Marlins, but what do you think about these? Should The Fish target any of these relievers?