Earlier reports about the Miami Marlins are pretty much corroborated by some new ones. The market has controllable good starting pitching in very high demand and it appears that the Miami Marlins are ready to cash-in for hitting, however we now know who definitely is and isn’t available. Which starting pitchers are The Fish willing and unwilling to trade for much needed hitting reinforcements. Let’s take a look…
The Miami Marlins made it clear who is and who isn’t available via trade.
The good news is that the reigning NL Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara is not available for trade. This is great news as I don’t think any Miami Marlins fan wanted our ace to be traded anywhere. We can also reasonably assume that our hitters are not going to be available either. Depending on the player, they’re either essential to the lineup, bad contracts that are hard to move or don’t have enough value to bring in hitting upgrades.
Once again the main trading asset that we have is SP Pablo López. Pablo has flashed ace stuff throughout the last three seasons and is a free agent in two years with a rising arbitration salary. It makes a lot of sense for us to trade him, as every other important starting pitcher is controlled for longer. Due to his somewhat concerning injury history, he may also be too risky to extend.
Trevor Rogers is another available starting pitcher. Rogers is coming off a down year, but was pitching like a Cy Young candidate in 2021. Rogers is a free agent after the 2026 season (in 4 years) and could be another trade candidate, though selling low on him may not be the smartest idea for the Miami Marlins.
Other starting pitching options for trade include Edward Cabrera and Jesús Luzardo. Cabrera is under control through the 2028 season and is coming off a breakout season where he pitched to a 3.01 ERA in 14 games and 71.2 innings. Luzardo is controlled through the 2026 season and pitched to a 3.32 ERA in 18 games and 100.1 innings.
The Miami Marlins would almost certainly prefer to trade Pablo López out of all of these options, but are clearly open minded in case teams prefer other options.