Fernandez, Eovaldi anchoring rotation
MIAMI — The Marlins are willing to part with some of their surplus pitching in hopes of landing impact hitters, but they are not considering moving their No. 2 starter.
Nathan Eovaldi is not a trade option.
The Marlins see their top of the rotation being Jose Fernandez and Eovaldi, giving them two young, controllable power arms for years to come.
Acquired from the Dodgers for Hanley Ramirez in July of 2012, Eovaldi’s fastball reached as high as 100 mph this past season.
Power pitching is essential to being a serious contender, and Fernandez coupled with Eovaldi gives Miami a formidable top two starters in the National League East, which has its share of elite arms.
At the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, teams were told Eovaldi was not available.
Miami is looking for two or possibly three impact hitters.
By not listening on potential trades for Eovaldi, it raises questions if the Marlins will be able to secure a bat the caliber of Mark Trumbo.
To deal Trumbo, a 30 homer, 100 RBI threat, the Angels will be wanting in return at least a strong No. 2 starter. Eovaldi has the potential to be that.
Rather than moving Eovaldi, a more realistic trade piece appears to be Jacob Turner.
Heading into the GM Meetings, the Marlins made it clear that slugger Giancarlo Stanton was not available. Opposing teams quickly found out that was true, and very few serious inquires were made about Stanton. In the hotel lobby, names flow more freely.
As for first baseman Logan Morrison, the Marlins are open to listen.
If something makes sense, Morrison could be dealt.
The Marlins are weighing whether David Freese is a realistic fit at third base.
– Joe Frisaro