Adding extra reliever not likely
MIAMI — The Marlins have made plenty of moves this offseason, but it doesn’t appear they will make one more splash before Spring Training starts on Friday.
The club has explored the available reliever options, but none appears to be a fit.
Francisco Rodriguez is an interesting option, and Miami has been in contact with his agent, Scott Boras. The team is open to offering a two-year deal in the $10 million range. But there are reports K-Rod is seeking much more than that — like $10 million for one year.
If that’s the case, the Marlins are out.
Lefty Phil Coke has attracted Marlins’ attention, but only on a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invitation. Andrew McKirahan is a Rule 5 pickup from the Cubs system, and he will give him a chance to win the job.
Mike Dunn is signed for two years, and he is the lone lefty who is a lock to make the club. If Coke signed a big league contract, then McKirahan would be squeezed out before the competition even began.
Rule 5 picks typically have at least half of Spring Training to impress. So Coke isn’t very likely.
Miami also doesn’t have serious interest in Joba Chamberlain.
Bottom line is the Marlins like the bullpen they already have. If K-Rod’s demands lowered, he could be the most realistic choice to give another boost to the ‘pen. If not, they will stay the course.
Miami also has an interesting non-roster invitee in right-hander Nick Masset. With the Reds from 2009-11, the right-hander had three straight seasons of tossing at least 70 innings. But he suffered a right shoulder injury, which derailed his career until he joined the Rockies last year.
The Marlins are eager to see if Masset, 32, can bounce back and resemble the pitcher he was in Cincinnati.
— Joe Frisaro