Miami Marlins Winter Meetings Top 3 Needs According to Allen Settle

What kind of deal will the Winter Meetings bring?

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2) Address Alcantara's Absence in the Rotation

The Marlins have a massive void in their starting pitching unit as they await the recovery of ace Santy Alcantara. While starters like Eury Perez and Jesus Luzardo are capable of locking down the top end of the rotation, the club is noticeably thin at SP.

Remember, Miami needed to give Johnny Cueto meaning innings last season. Now, the 184.2 innings Alcantra provided before the league premier innings-eater suffered a UCL injury.

I've written before that players like Mitch Keller or Logan Gilbert could be targets in a mini-Miami blockbuster. Free agents like Seth Lugo and James Paxton could also provide quality innings without a premium price tag.

Upper-tier free agent starters such as Marcus Stroman, Eduardo Rodriguez, or even Jordan Montgomery, are also available to the highest bigger. While each would require a heftier contract, any of this trio would make sense for Miami as they seek to build off their impressive 2023 postseason run.

Again, I have my preferences out of the names mentioned. And I imagine you do as well. However, Miami cannot afford to allow the winter meeting, and the busy portion of the player movement window, to pass without adding at least one quality starter.