Reason 2 - Depth/Experience
The Miami Marlins as we have said need another bullpen arm to help the injured and beaten-down pen. The second reason is that the Colorado Rockies are shopping Brad Hand due to their record but also his contract status. Hand is set to become a free agent if the team doesn’t pick up the option, which the Rockies have no reason to.
The 1 year 2 million dollar contract fits in well with the Marlins' budget and since he is a rental he should come somewhat cheap. AJ Puk has been a decent closer this year but the 28-year-old has only 4 major league seasons under his belt and he has been injured this year, his first real full-time closer role.
Brad Hand would bring with him a veteran presence to the young bullpen and would help lead pitchers through tough situations, as he has been there before. Hand pitched well last season in the playoffs with the Phillies, and has pitched three different times in the playoffs in his career, and that experience is invaluable. Hand could be that reliable bullpen guy who is fresh (only 28 innings to date) to help the Marlins into the playoffs.