The Miami Marlins enter the 2023 Winter Meetings with several glaring needs. While their bullpen will draw less attention than other positions, the Fish would benefit greatly from an infusion of talent to their unit of relief pitchers.
Closer Tanner Scott seems to have established himself as the clear bullpen leader and 9th-inning option. If he holds to his 2023 form, the Marlins should feel good about their closer situation.
However, beyond Scott, the club is void of upper-tier talent. David Robertson, who struggled mightily during his short 2023 Miami tenure, is no longer with the club. AJ Puk is plauged with consistency issues. And players like Andrew Nardi and Steven Okert are unproven.
All of this led to Miami ranking in the bottom third in bullpen ERA last season. It is an issue that new team President Peter Bendix and company must address.
Thankfully, several realistic targets are floating around MLB's free agency pool. Which of these names is the best fit for Miami's bullpen? Let's discuss!
4) Matt Moore
Furthermore, the veteran pitcher has carved out a role as a very solid relief pitcher in the twilight of his great MLB career. Over the past two seasons, Moore has posted ERAs of 1.95 (2022) and 2.56. The lefty is a perfect fit as a high-leverage setup man behind Tanner Scott.
This is the easiest layup on our list! Moore, who joined Miami's roster at the end of their 2023 postseason run, is already familair with the club's management, players, and clubhouse.