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The Marlins are trying to move from some of their young starters.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Marlins were shopping four of their starting pitchers; Pablo Lopez, Edward Cabrera, Trevor Rogers, and Jesus Luzardo.
The Marlins window to compete isn’t immediate and they already have 2022 Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara locked up through 2027. Along with him they have Braxton Garrett, Sixto Sanchez, Eury Perez, and Max Meyer waiting in the wings.
The Marlins have been shopping a few of these players for a while, most notably Lopez who was a potential Mets target at last years deadline. Lopez was also rumored to be involved in a potential trade to the Yankees. Cabrera’s name was tossed around in a trade with the Rockies.
The profiles of all four of these pitchers is intriguing.
Cabrera is 24 with six years of control remaining. He had a 3.01 ERA in 72 1/3 innings last season.
Luzardo is hitting arbitration for the first time, the once-future ace of the A’s was moved to Miami where he’s been up and down. Still he managed to put forth a 3.32 ERA in 100 1/3 innings in 2023. He’s a lefty with four more years of control.
Rogers was a 2021 All-Star but fell off majorly in 2022. His numbers leaped upwards and not in a good way. His ERA went up almost three runs from 2.63 to 5.47 and he only managed 107 innings pitched.
Lopez has been the vet of the staff. He doesn’t have the upside the others do but he’s remained consistent for a few seasons. He still has two years of team control and would easily slot in as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter on most teams.
The Mets have already made major additions to their rotation this offseason with Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, and Jose Quintana. The one thing they could stand is getting younger. Senga is in the final month of his 20’s and every other projected starter in their rotation right now is 34 or older. Needless to say they could use some affordable young pitching.
New York is likely out on Lopez but the other three, especially Rodgers as a reclamation project, could be intriguing for the Mets.
The two teams were linked in discussion on an Eduardo Escobar trade but that appears gone now with the fish signing Jean Segura.
The Mets should poke around. They’ve already seen profiles from Marlins pitchers they liked enough to trade for them, grabbing relief arms Elieser Hernandez and Jeff Brigham in November.
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