#5: Michael Lorenzen, SP
Like Paxton, Lorenzen's 2023 experience was a tale of two seasons. The veteran posted his best career numbers during the first half of the year with the Tigers, recording a 3.58 ERA, 83Ks, pitching 105 innings, and earning his first All-Star selection.
Unfortunately for him, things quickly pivoted when he was traded to the Phillies during last season's trade deadline. His tenure in Philadelphia started hot when he pitched a no-hitter during his first home start with the club. However, things quickly soured as his post-trade numbers inflated to a 5.51 ERA across 28 innings of work.
At just 31 years old, Lorenzen is one of the youngest players on this bargain bin list. He also carries the highest strikeout potential. His $9.2 million projected market value makes him a low-risk, high-reward upside play that Miami should aggressively target.
If the club was able to court him into remaining in the NL East, Lorenzen would be an excellent #4 or #5 starter at the end of the Marlins' starting rotation.
#4: Matt Moore, RP
This is perhaps the most realistic target on our list, as Moore already has experience in Miami. The veteran pitcher was added to the Marlins' roster after he was claimed off of waivers during the club's September postseason push.
The former All-Star starter turned hyper-effective lefty reliever, has established himself as a valuable bullpen piece over the past two seasons (he posted a 1.95 ERA in 2022 and a 2.56 ERA in 2023). Despite a super small sample size that included just three relief appearances for the Fish, Moore did not allow a single run as a Marlin.
With Tanner Scott locking down the closer role, Moore would be an excellent weapon for manager Skip Schumaker to use in high-leverage situations. With a projected cost of just $3.3, a reunion between Moore and the Marlins makes all the sense of the world!
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