Consider - Michael Wacha
The Miami Marlins will need to compete for a starting pitcher in a pretty tough market this go around. Starters who are adjusted to the new speed of play and have a solid ERA are fewer than normal. There have also been a bevy of injuries, like the Sandy Alcantara injury that some account to the rapid pace of play. As such one quality starter out there is the former San Diego Padres starter Michael Wacha.
Wacha declined his one year $6.5 million option after the Padres failed to pickup the team option of 2 years and $32 million. Does Wacha deserve $16 million a year, probably not, but I think a happy medium of $10 million might do the trick and bring him to Miami, especially with the lower tax rate.
Wacha would be a solid Sandy replacement as he put together a very good 2023 season. Wacha went 14-4 with a 3.22 ERA last year and a 1.161 WHIP. He has bounced around between teams so I could easily see him signing a 2 year deal. He has had 2 straight seasons with a low 3 ERA, having a mere 2 walks per nine innings average and giving up only 1 home run per nine innings. The one time All-Star will have some familiarity with Peter Bendix as well since he played for the Rays for a season in 2021. Sign him up.