Marlins not interested in dealing pitching

JUPITER, Fla. — Teams are calling the Marlins regarding their surplus pitching, and the responses they are getting are: “Not interested.”

It’s taken a few years of shrewd drafting, and some trades, to position the organization with an abundance of talented arms at the big league and Minor League levels.

If possible, the club would like to keep every single arm that is under club control.

There has been speculation and reports that Jacob Turner could be available. It’s logical because the 22-year-old is out of options, so something has to budge. He has to be considered one of their top five starters, or risk being moved. But the Marlins are not out of patience with Turner, so they firmly expect him to be No. 4 in their rotation.

Brad Hand also is out of options. But the 23-year-old lefty also isn’t being shopped. And the club certainly isn’t ready to just give him away.

It is no secret the Marlins could use impact hitters. Perhaps in time, they will budge and agree to discuss trading some pitching.

For now, Hand and Tom Koehler are competing for the fifth spot.

From a performance standpoint, Koehler has made a strong case to win the job. But Hand also has impressed. Whoever isn’t the fifth starter will move to the bullpen in a long-relief role.

It’s hard to say right now which direction the club will go.

Koehler is probably the better suited of the two to pitch out of the ‘pen. Still, it is hard to argue that he isn’t deserving of the fifth spot either.

As the team has repeatedly said, it will be a tough decision.

An easy decision at this point is to say no to teams in the market for pitching.

Joe Frisaro

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