The Marlins won their arbitration hearing over right-hander Dan Straily, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman. He’ll earn the $3.375MM sum submitted by the team rather than the $3.55MM salary that he and his agents at Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon filed (as can be seen in MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker). Straily will still earn the first seven-figure salary of his career with today’s ruling, though, as he earned $552K last year in his final pre-arbitration season. Straily is under team control through the 2020 season.
Straily, 29, started 33 games for the Marlins in 2017, working to a 4.26 ERA with 8.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 1.54 HR/9 and a 34.2 percent ground-ball rate in 181 2/3 innings. Straily found himself at the center of plenty of trade rumors last summer as the Marlins underperformed, and again this offseason, but for the time being it looks like he’ll return to Miami for a second season there. (The Marlins young righty Luis Castillo to Cincinnati to acquire him last offseason in a swap that now looks regrettable, even with Straily’s solid ’17 showing.)
As it stands, Straily will return to Miami as the top starter in a largely unsettled group. Right-hander Jose Urena will join him in the rotation, and the Marlins are reportedly planning to stretch out lefty Jarlin Garcia as a starter this year as well. Other rotation options include Adam Conley, Odrisamer Despaigne, Justin Nicolino, Caleb Smith, Dillon Peters and Sandy Alcantara.
Even if the Fish hang onto Straily through the entirety of Spring Training, his name figures to once again surface in trade talks this summer; the Marlins aren’t going to compete for a division title or a Wild Card spot in 2018, barring something miraculous, and a healthy Straily will garner robust levels of interest from contending clubs that are searching for a stabilizing presence in the middle of their rotations.