Miami Marlins needed to sign this starting pitcher

The Fish have starting pitching issues that need to be resolved

Mike Clevinger
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There's a quite a few injured Miami Marlins starting pitchers... we can start with front of the rotation starter Eury Perez. Eury should be back in May barring any setbacks. Braxton Garrett will hopefully be back earlier than that, as he seems to be well on his way. Another injured starter Edward Cabrera seems to be on his way back as well. So...everything's fine? Not even close.

Miami Marlins rotation issues are now in need of an external solution.

Eury Perez, Braxton Garrett and Edward Cabrera are all supposedly coming back by mid-May, though Garrett and Cabrera are seemingly going to be back in April. There's no guarantees however, in the meantime Jesus Luzardo has to carry a rotation featuring a lot of question marks. A.J. Puk has not been good in his first start and has no track record as a starter.

Trevor Rogers has missed significant time due to injuries in recent years, and so did Max Meyer. Ryan Weathers has no track record of Major League success.... It's a mess and it might make sense to add some more starting pitching depth. Out there on the free agent market there was an option, Mike Clevinger.

Mike Clevinger made a name for himself from 2016-2020 with the Cleveland Guardians. From 2016 to 2019, he produced a 3.20 ERA/3.48 FIP, with 10.1 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9. He did this in 97 games and 500.2 innings pitched. He had He was traded to the San Diego Padres during the 2020 season, in which he produced a 3.02 ERA/4.15 FIP, with 8.6 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 8 games and 41.2 innings pitched.

Clevinger produced a disappointing 4.33 ERA/4.97 FIP, with 7.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 23 games and 114.1 innings pitched in 2022. Moving on to the Chicago White Sox for the 2023 season, he produced a 3.77 ERA/4.28 FIP, with 7.5 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 24 games and 131.1. innings pitched.

Let's make something clear, Mike Clevinger isn't an ace. The goal here is for the Miami Marlins to get starting pitching depth and Clevinger could've been an answer. He was signed for $3 million by the Chicago White Sox. Was that really too much?

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