A few Marlins notes on a Monday:
• As the Marlins begin to strategize how to slash about $50 million from what would be a $140 million payroll if the team is kept intact, among their biggest challenges is assembling a big-league caliber starting rotation.
Face it: The Marlins enter the winter with only two reliable starting pitchers: Dan Straily (10-9, 4.26) and Jose Urena (14-7, 3.82).
It’s possible the Marlins could dangle Straily for young pitching prospects - essentially doing something like last winter’s Luis Castillo trade with the Reds in reverse.
Beyond that, there’s no clear cut third starter, let alone a fourth or fifth.
Wei-Yin Chen would easily project as the No. 3 starter if the Marlins could count on him being healthy. But they can’t.
Though he reportedly won’t need surgery at this time, he was shut down again late in the season with elbow discomfort, prompting Don Mattingly to say: “I’m not really sure if he’s going to be able to get back next year. We know [the tear] is there. It keeps coming back, it kind of gets extended a little bit.”
Miami Marlins plan for payroll purging, face pitching problems
Miami Herald | Oct 24