The MLB Trade Deadline is coming up and the Miami Marlins are preparing to be active players. I want The Fish to acquire impact bats, but let's start small. The team can use an inning-eating starting pitcher to stabilize the rotation. That type of arm can be had for a cheap price, and so shouldn't be an issue at all. Who could The Fish acquire?
The Miami Marlins need an inning-eating starting pitcher.
Sandy Alcantara and Jesús Luzardo lead the Miami Marlins rotation. The only current concern here is Luzardo staying healthy. Braxton Garrett has been a revelation this season as well. The rest of the rotation is an issue however. Trevor Rogers is injured and it's unclear when exactly he'll be back. Edward Cabrera is injured as well, and wasn't really performing well when healthy (4.70 ERA/4.49 FIP in 14 games and 67.0 innings pitched).
Bryan Hoeing is holding down a spot, but is more of a reliever starting bullpen games than an actual starting pitcher. He currently has a 4.54 ERA/4.94 FIP in 20 games and 41.2 innings pitched. Johnny Cueto has luckily been demoted to the bullpen, though might be available for spot starts. A possibility that surely can't hold much appeal for The Fish. Eury Pérez is waiting in the Minors, but is unlikely to be called back up until closer to the end of the season.
The Miami Marlins definitely need inning-eating starting pitchers to stabilize the rotation in the meantime. There are some trade candidates who The Fish could have for a likely pretty cheap cost. The Detroit Tigers are likely sellers, and have starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen hitting free agency at the end of the season. Lorenzen is a 31 year old righty who has a 4.03 ERA/4.17 FIP, with 6.8 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 15 games and 87.0 innings pitched. He's a career 4.09 ERA starting pitcher, so this is right in line with his typical results.
Another good option could be St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty. Flaherty has a 4.27 ERA/4.01 FIP with 8.6 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9. The results aren't impressive, but he does have upside with a career 3.54 ERA/3.93 FIP. He should also not cost much to acquire.
The Miami Marlins need an innings-eating starting pitcher to stabilize the rotation. Michael Lorenzen and Jack Flaherty are two good options.