The one thing the Miami Marlins had that no one else could really say that they did was incredible pitching depth. The Arizona Diamondbacks saw this and have taken a chance by claiming Alex Sanabia off waivers on Friday. Miami was injury-riddled this season in the pitching rotation among other places, and the ability to use pitchers like Sanabia was very important.
Sanabia is a right-handed pitcher who is 25-years-old. He has spent his entire career with the Marlins and moving to the Diamondbacks organization might do him some good after being in a culture of conspiracy and losing for the past few years. Sanabia started in 24 games for the Marlins in his career and was 8-10 with a 4.15 ERA and 86 strikeouts. He has a 5.6 K/9 ratio and a 1.95 K/BB ratio. Considered to be a fly ball pitcher, Sanabia HR/9 is 1.2.
The question for Sanabia is if he could possibly stay on the team to make the rotation. He is not owed a ton of money, which may make him dispensable for Arizona depending on what they do in the offseason. Going against Sanabia is Arizona’s long list of young starters, making it more likely that Sanabia has a chance to make the bullpen rather than the rotation.
Either way, Sanabia can be effective for the Diamondbacks and it is tough for the Marlins to the lose depth that they need.