1 Starter the Marlins should consider to fill in for Sandy and 2 to avoid

Starter is a need, will the Marlins misstep again or make a solid move?

Sep 8, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA;  New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches in
Sep 8, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches in / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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Avoid - Luis Severino

The former New York Yankees starter could be a hot commodity this offseason and the Marlins don’t need to be anywhere near the bidding war. He is not what the Marlins need and will cost them big time if they were to acquire him. Starting pitchers are certainly valuable but the Marlins don’t need the best starter out there they need a serviceable upper half starter.  

Severino is a former All-Star but is coming off an injury season which is again not what the Marlins want at this time. He could possibly return to the Yankees or be bid up by other high dollar clubs. He has a lifetime 3.79 ERA and a 59% winning record. Those are very good but last season was a different story. He struggled with a 6.65 ERA over 89 innings with a 1.646 WHIP. 

Are those numbers certain to repeat themselves or are they a one off injury season stat line? We don’t know the answer to that question and for that reason let’s not go down that same path as we have with Avisail Garcia or Johnny Cueto. The Marlins need a consistent arm that will eat innings and give them a chance. It’s not him. Will they make a misstep again under new leadership or will they hit the nail on the head with their free agent signings? My bet is they will sign well and get a good starter for value.

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