Latest On Marlins’ Starting Pitching Search

9:17pm: The Marlins and White Sox have discussed a deal that would send Danks to Miami, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. The 29-year-old lefty is owed $28.5MM over the next two seasons under an extension signed before the 2012 season.

A veteran of eight MLB campaigns, Danks owns a 4.40 ERA this year through 131 innings. He has posted 6.3 K/9 against 3.2 BB/9, with a 40.6% groundball rate. On the positive side, Danks has seemingly returned to health; on the other, his fastball velocity is down and ERA estimators suggest that he may be performing at a slightly worse clip than his earned run mark shows.

2:22pm: John Danks is another possibility for the Marlins, according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford (on Twitter). He also hears that Lackey could be in play still.

2:10pm: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald hears that there’s “zero chance” of a trade that would send Lackey to the Marlins (Twitter link).

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that the Marlins aren’t in on Lackey or Jon Lester at this time, as they prefer a younger starter with more control. They may prefer someone such as Tommy Milone or Wade Miley.

1:55pm: The Marlins and Red Sox are discussing a potential John Lackey trade, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

Reports earlier today indicated that there’s a “very good chance” that Lackey gets traded in advance of tomorrow’s deadline, and the Marlins have long been known to be in the market for a starting pitcher. Lackey would likely be of particular appeal to the cost-conscious Marlins, given the league-minimum club option for next season his contract.

Of course, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported earlier today that Lackey would probably want to discuss an extension with a new team rather than play at the league minimum in 2015. Lackey has pitched well this season, posting a 3.60 ERA with a 116-to-32 K/BB ratio and a 46.9 percent ground-ball rate in 137 1/3 innings of work.

The Marlins have remained competitive in the NL East despite losing ace Jose Fernandez for the season due to Tommy John surgery. In his stead, the team has leaned on Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi and Tom Koehler. Top prospect Andrew Heaney made a brief cameo but struggled before being optioned back to Triple-A.

47 Responses to Latest On Marlins’ Starting Pitching Search Leave a Reply

  1. Karkat 11 months ago

    The first person to say “Stanton” loses their comment thread privileges for the whole deadline.

    • brian310 11 months ago

      Soooooo you?

    • Bluduke28 11 months ago

      How about “Giancarlo” though?

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan 11 months ago

      How about “Rosebud” then??
      Plus, it looks to me that Lester will just have to suffer in the salt mines until his free agency. =P

    • Bleed_Orange 11 months ago

      But… but… what if the sox throw in Middlebrooks… and like 5 minor leaguers from low A…. I hear those low A guys are really good…. then like Stanton is coming to Boston for sure

    • sherrilltradedooverexperience 11 months ago

      oh dang what did the video games name bonds when he wouldnt sell his name or image to the mlb licensed games?

    • Pei Kang 11 months ago

      Stanton!! :P~. anyway, I am shocked to read the Marlins looking to acquire veteran pitching help. I thought their rotation is rather solid as well.

  2. sherrilltradedooverexperience 11 months ago

    the player formerly known as mike or michael

  3. willistylz1979 11 months ago

    Wonder what the return will be? Marlins got any decent OF prospects? Obviously not getting Stanton..

  4. Daniel1216 11 months ago

    Marisnick for Lackey straight up?

  5. sherrilltradedooverexperience 11 months ago

    the franchise player of the marlins would deserve a haul like a few sox fans swear they’re getting for lester. Players in the midst of their prime that are truly elite don’t come up often for trade and are an exception to the rule about saving your future pieces when that one player could definitely carry your team.

  6. bighiggy 11 months ago

    If masterson cost the cards ramsey what does lackey cost the marlins?

    • Bluduke28 11 months ago


      • Daniel1216 11 months ago

        I don’t think so, he is much older and has less of an upside, but with the going rate for starting pitchers this year I wouldn’t be surprised.

  7. Todd Smith 11 months ago

    Club option for league minimum next year? Ouch. I could see the Marlins taking advantage of that, rather than negotiating an extension.

  8. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

    This deal better come together quickly if the Marlins want to work out an extension with Lackey before finalizing the trade tomorrow.

    • CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

      No rush. They would have the entire offseason to do that.

      • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

        I have to think the size of extension Lackey wants will play a significant role in Miami’s interest and the trade return.

        • CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

          True but #1 I think the presence of Salty in Miami helps a lot and #2 Lack doesn’t have much leverage. Yeah, he could retire, but why would he want to when he’s been so effective? The Marlins could afford to make his 1 yr/500 k into 3 yrs/30 mil or 2 yrs/24 mil

  9. CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

    I know that the Sox wanted Yelich badly in any Lester deal, but that’s not happening even with Lack’s 500k salary next year. You have to wonder, though, if the Sox could work out some package deal for Yelich including Lackey and a few prospects who are 40 man eligible soon (Barnes, Coyle, Shaw, Johnson, Margot etc)

    • Todd Smith 11 months ago

      If the Marlins are trying to buy at the deadline to make a push for the playoffs, I don’t imagine they are going to dismantle their starting roster and give Yelich away…

      • CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

        Good point. Any deal involving Yelich would presumably have to include Gomes, Nava, or both on top of the guys I mentioned above.

    • Red Socks 11 months ago

      Margot and Johnson aren’t a 40 man concern until 2015.

      • CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

        True but it’d be tough to find room for Margot on the 40 man if they were to get a guy like Yelich

    • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

      Neither Margot or Johnson are rule 5 eligible this year. Barnes is worth too much as a throw in. Coyle and Shaw? Sure.

      • CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

        Coyle Shaw and Lack for Yelich? Sign me up! (not happening though)

        • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

          I wasn’t implying that would be the deal, just who i think of that list would be likely to be added.

  10. sourbob 11 months ago

    It’s funny how we keep hearing Lackey feels sort of cheated by his $500K option for 2015. You would think the year he got paid $15.25MM not to pitch would ease the sting of that a bit.

    • psabella 11 months ago

      I agree, why do we never hear about the money he got for not playing yet we hear how unfair it is and how slighted he is to have to play for a pittence.

  11. Todd Smith 11 months ago

    Before agreeing to any trade, the Marlins front office should insist that John Henry go to Twitter and apologize for his regular season lineup.

  12. nhsoxfan 11 months ago

    There is no good reason why the Sox cannot acquire Stanton. We have plenty of trade chips and prospects. The addition of a 3rd team like the Dodgers would make it easier too. The idea that the Red Sox wouldn’t part with just about any of the prospects they have is crazy. The Sox have always been open to trading top talent.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      And there it is…. Miami is trying to get better in 2014/2015 not 2020.

      • nhsoxfan 11 months ago

        There are plenty of scenarios, all be it far fetched, that it is possible. Any such trade would require the sox to empty the farm.

    • i'm me .. 11 months ago

      the reason : Stanton is not for Sale.

      • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

        They might trade him for Chris Sale. Buh dum tssh. My apologies.

  13. i'm me .. 11 months ago

    the Astros have some SP for sale…

  14. Danielle Rennifer 11 months ago

    What about three way trade between Mariners/Marlins/Red Sox? Lackey & Giancarlo to Seattle would make more sense, Red Sox & Marlins can decide which team gets James Paxton/Taijuan Walker, Gabriel Guerrero, Ketel Marte, Julio Morban, Patrick Kivelhan, and other prospect or two going to Boston or Miami.

    • willistylz1979 11 months ago

      The Sox wouldn’t help Seattle acquire Stanton as they would want a chance at him….

      • Danielle Rennifer 11 months ago

        Reds instead of Marlins would make sense on a three team trade to acquire both Lackey/Lester & Ludwick.

  15. Daniel1216 11 months ago

    Before you post any Stanton trade ideas think of this, not too long ago everyone thought Stanton could be had for a package of Olt and Profar, Texas and their fans thought it was too much, or Boegarts and Bradley Jr., Boston and their fans thought it was too much. Hindsight is 20/20 but I bet they would like to go back in time and give away those packages for Stanton. And in today’s market where rentals and closers are netting sellers top prospects from other organizations, The marlins would demand a boatload of prospects along with young proven major league talent, something I think few teams would be willing to part for one player.

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