Wednesday’s trade with the Washington Nationals involving reliever Kyle Barraclough is the latest development in the Marlins’ pursuit of three Cuban international free agents. Like Barraclough, right-handed pitching prospect Ryan Lillie was dealt to the Reds last Saturday for international bonus pool money.
Heading into his first year of arbitration eligibility at age 29, Barraclough was due to earn approximately $1.9 million next season, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
His “platform” season was...inconsistent. Barraclough got an extended opportunity to close games for the Marlins beginning in June during a remarkable scoreless streak. He allowed only 18 hits in 42 1⁄3 innings prior to the All-Star break. But Claw was the beneficiary of some good luck, which that caught up with him in the second half.
Ultimately, 2018 goes down as Barraclough’s worst major league campaign (55.2 IP, 4.20 ERA, 4.98 FIP, 24.5 K%). Since arriving in Miami at the 2015 trade deadline, his overall body of work was solid, though: 218.2 IP, 3.21 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 29.8 K%.