Bullpen options pretty much set
JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins remained in the running for Francisco Rodriguez until the end, right up until K-Rod ultimately agreed to go back to the Brewers on a two-year, $13 million deal.
Miami stayed in talks with agent Scott Boras, at least through Wednesday. The Marlins’ initially were willing to offer a two-year deal in the $10 million range. It’s unclear if they moved much off that number.
Although Miami would have liked to add a proven veteran like Rodriguez to the back end of their ‘pen, the club is perfectly satisfied with the candidates already in camp.
And now that K-Rod is off the board, the Marlins are not likely to pursue either right-hander Rafael Soriano or lefty Phil Coke. At least not on a big league contract.
Had the Marlins signed K-Rod they would have had a safety net to close if Steve Cishek wasn’t available.
Miami may not have that experienced second closing option, but the club has no shortage of power arms. The team has 12 right-handers in camp who throw at least 95 mph. That kind of luxury is a primary reason the team didn’t bid as high as $13 million for two years for K-Rod.
And holding back on paying more than they were comfortable gives the Marlins some flexibility to take on salary if additional moves need to be made over the course of the season.
— Joe Frisaro