The Miami Marlins are going to need at least one more starter to pursue a playoff berth this season. The team is doing well with its makeshift rotation after Jose Fernandez was lost with Tommy John surgery early in the year, but now is the time to make a move. The team should pursue a pitcher like Ian Kennedy, but if the pursuit fails, there are alternatives to boost the starting rotation.
One pitcher who comes to mind is Oakland Athletics left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone. Milone was left to fend for himself after the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs earlier in the year, and after a trade request, it looks like Milone could get his wish. The Marlins have to be careful about Oakland’s asking price; Miami cannot give up too much to the A’s for Milone.
This season, Milone is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 61 strikeouts. He has put up double-digit wins in the last two years in Oakland, but has not made a start since July 4.
Another player who could pique the Marlins’ interest is another left-handed pitcher Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Miley has been on the trade block after the Diamondbacks threw in the towel once most of its rotation went down with Tommy John surgery. Miley could be a nice No. 3 starter for the Marlins and really give them the push the team needs to get a taste of first place.
Miley is 6-7 with 131 strikeouts this year, on pace to setting a new career-high strikeout total. Adding him to a rotation with Henderson Alvarez would be something to get exciting about.