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  1. "Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Marlins have received "multiple trade inquiries" on starters Mat Latos and Dan Haren."Morosi added that teams are also interested in Tom Koehler and reliever Brad Hand. With Jose Fernandez moving into the rotation this week, the Marlins have a surplus of starting pitching. Miami could use a power bat with Giancarlo Stanton (broken hand) out of the lineup. - Morosi tweet followed by Rotoworld blurb" ...wait what? Someone wants to trade for Brad Hand? Can we please throw in a Solano or two in that trade? And then there's this. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2506524-mlb-trade-deadline-2015-predicting-every-mlb-team-as-deadline-buyerseller/page/16 Anyway, curious to see who most of you think we should trade, even if it's for virtually nothing and what you're looking for in return. Think most of us will agree we need to trade Dan Haren. He's performed the best and no way he comes back next year and we also won't pay him. Doesn't make sense to hold on to Latos either. Mostly curious to see who here thinks we should trade Martin Prado. Think it'll be pretty divided. I think Prado is a great guy to have if you have a LF and 1B and CF giving you some power, which we don't... I don't know if we hold on to him and see if Ozuna and Morse rebound, but with this lack of power, seems like we need more juice from 3B. But the 3B FA pool next year is awful. I want to see what we have in Dietrich and give him more at bats but Prado is too solid of a guy to just trade away. Morse and CIshek's trade values are all too low, we're better off waiting to see if they rebound and either trade them next year if we have a replacement or ride the wave. If we can get a solid arm or prospect for TK, Cosart or David Phelps, do it. Just trade one away of course, simply due to the fact that our farm system is pretty depleted and we have far too many 4-5 type starters, fringe 3 guys at best. I think they're solid back end starters for us behind Jose, Alvarez. If we can get anything for Hand, do it. And I also want to shut down Alvarez for the year and operate and fix his shoulder.
  2. Nice bullpen summary from rotoworld. We have a pretty solid and deep bullpen with some good options for replacing Cishek. After reading this I felt even more comfortable with the idea of trading Haren (probably one or two random reliever arms aka lotto tickets) and Cishek (darn good prospect) and turning the saved money into Shields. Haren 10M + Cishek (6.65M and rising) or Shields (15-20) and some prospects (a pretty good one for Cishek to boot) - I'd take the latter Miami Marlins Steve Cishek Mike Dunn A.J. Ramos Carter Capps Bryan Morris Sam Dyson Aaron Crow The Marlins feature a deep bullpen that extends down into the minors. Cishek is becoming expensive after agreeing to a $6.65 million contract for the 2015 season. There is a good chance the Fish will trade Cishek if internal alternatives emerge. Cishek blew a few noisy saves late last season, but his peripherals were career bests. In particular, his 11.57 K/9 easily topped his career rate of 9.92 K/9. For years, he's been a sneaky-good fantasy closer. He's reached the point where nobody is sleeping on him. Dunn is the resident late-inning lefty specialist. He's solid enough against righties to pitch full innings. He occasionally gets in trouble with walks (career 4.66 BB/9). He should notch 20 to 25 holds with a healthy season. Even if the bullpen collapses, he won't earn many save opportunities. Ramos is coming off a strong season with a 2.11 ERA, 10.27 K/9, and 6.05 BB/9. That's the worst walk rate he's posted at any level, so there's cause to expect a better performance. He's one of those semi-rare relievers who leans on a changeup. He could snag some saves, but he wouldn't be my first pick to fill in for Cishek. Instead, I like Capps as the backup closer. A 97 mph fastball, 11.07 K/9, and 2.21 BB/9 speak to his potential as a high leverage reliever. He's a fastball-slider guy with big whiff rates on both pitches. Some sources call the breaking ball a curve. Batters whiffed 27 percent of the time against the pitch. If we just look at whiff rate by swing, batters fanned 63 percent of the time. That's well beyond elite, so expect some regression. He's one of my top relief sleepers this season. Another backup closer option is Bryan Morris. The ground ball specialist is a poor man's Zach Britton. He's a four pitch reliever with a 96 mph fastball-sinker combo complemented by a decent slider and curve. His grounder rate hovers just below 60 percent, which allows him to outpitch his peripherals. Despite an elite 14 percent whiff rate, he won't help you with strikeouts (6.99 K/9). A breakout is definitely possible. If the Marlins need more grounders after Morris, they can turn to Dyson. The righty has burned worms 65 percent of the time in 53.2 major league innings. Like Morris, he's uses four pitches headlined by a 96 mph fastball-sinker pairing. He'll also toss a slider and changeup, but those are uncommon. The long relief role appears tabbed for Aaron Crow. The former top prospect has disappointed. Last season, he struggled to a 4.12 ERA while his velocity dropped to 92 mph. A 5.19 K/9 and 3.66 BB/9 support the weak ERA. The 28-year-old still has name value, which is why I think he'll break camp with the club. To be sure, the Marlins have other options. The rotation is jammed packed with Jarred Cosart, Tom Koehler, David Phelps, Andre Rienzo, and Brad Hand battling for two or three spots (depending on Dan Haren). One of the losers of that battle could land in the swingman role over Crow. On another club, Arquimedes Caminero would have a shot at a middle relief role.
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