A source close to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tells him that the Marlins have pulled right-hander Dan Straily off revocable waivers after an unnamed team put in a claim on him. Straily will now almost certainly remain with the Marlins through the end of the 2018 season.
Straily, 29, was one of few veteran pieces the Marlins kept this offseason amidst a fire sale of assets that saw Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon all end up in different cities with new teams. Though he’d been a mediocre pitcher for most of his career, Straily managed a league-average performance in 2017 by posting a 4.26 ERA across 181 2/3 innings while boasting 8.42 K/9. That came courtesy of an ability to limit walks and homers, to a reasonable degree. The Marlins didn’t feel as though offers from other clubs were enough to move Straily, so they held onto him throughout the winter.
After an injury delayed his start to the 2018 season, Straily succumbed to a significant regression in pitching ability. Though his 4.35 is nearly in line with last season’s figure, his walk rate has ballooned to 4.19 batters per nine; more than a full run above the 2.97 mark from a year ago. He’s striking out batters at the lowest rate of his entire career, and he’s been incredibly lucky with batted balls (.264 BABIP). FIP pegs him as a pitcher who deserves a 5.33 ERA based on his work this year.
Still, the Marlins evidently see value in his contract. He’s owed about $800K for the remainder of the season, and can be controlled for two additional years via baseball’s arbitration process, so there’s no rush to give him up for nothing. Miami is perhaps holding out hope that he can bounce back in 2019 and return to his 2017 form. The mystery team that claimed him was apparently unable to offer any prospects the Marlins believed to be worth Straily’s departure. He’ll continue to pitch for the Fish amidst their thin rotation for the remainder of the present campaign.