Why not make a push for K-Rod?
MIAMI — With James Shields likely heading to the Padres, are there any potential upgrades available on the market? The answer is yes.
Francisco Rodriguez is a free agent who could be a nice final piece to an already incredible offseason for the Marlins. If Miami can’t get that final boost to its rotation, then go for a reliever with a proven track record.
K-Rod, 33, had 44 saves with the Brewers last season. He would add another quality arm to the back of the ‘pen. While Steve Cishek is the closer, Rodriguez is a nice fallback option.
The Marlins actually came into $1 million when they won their arbitration hearing with Mat Latos.
Latos filed for $10.4 million, and Miami countered at $9.4 million. The ruling went in favor of the club.
Make no mistake, the Marlins were aggressive throughout in trying to sign Shields. They were hopeful to land the 33-year-old starter, who appears to have a better offer on the table from San Diego.
Barring something unforeseen, Shields will be headed out West instead of South Florida.
So that means the rotation shapes up as Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos, Jarred Cossart, Dan Haren, and either Tom Koehler, Brad Hand or David Phelps.
It’s a strong unit. And one or two of those options may wind up in the ‘pen.
But if the Marlins want even more depth, K-Rod is a viable alternative.
— Joe Frisaro