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Jose Urena: Extension or Trade Candidate?


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Urena is in his first year of arbitration, and he is making $3.2 million this season. The fact that he has two more years of arbitration before qualifying for free agency in 2022 eliminates any urgency the Marlins have to offer a contract extension. Yes, the rotation is promising with Trevor Richards, Pablo Lopez, Sandy Alcantara and Smith all a year removed from being rookies. And Nick Neidert, Zac Gallen, Jordan Yamamoto, Jorge Guzman and more are developing in the pipeline.

 

Having rotation depth is important, but it doesn’t necessarily change the club’s thinking on whether to offer Urena an extension, and buying out a year or more of his free-agent seasons. Typically, extension candidates are All-Star-caliber players. Urena has certainly been a workhorse for the Marlins -- logging a team-high 174 innings in 2018. But he hasn’t shown to be or project to be at an All-Star level.

 

I actually expect Urena to be a trade candidate by the Deadline.

 

Someone asked Joe Frisaro if Jose Urena was a possible extension candidate and Frisaro thinks he's more likely to be a trade candidate.

 

What do you think? Should they extend him, shop him, or even neither?

 

 

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The old Marlins FO would have valued Ureña way more than any other team in baseball, but the new FO does seem to value swing-and-miss stuff and out pitches a bit more (see: Smith, Caleb; Richards, Trevor; Anderson, Nick; and Kinley, Tyler) so they might value him accurately: a batting practice machine. Ureña does not throw an out pitch and doesn't have enough movement on his pitches to keep batters off balance to pitch to weak contact. He's the worst pitcher in the rotation right now and wouldn't be in the rotation of most baseball teams. 

 

All this being said, I still believe Jose Ureña would be an above average relief pitcher. 

 

 

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The old Marlins FO would have valued Ureña way more than any other team in baseball, but the new FO does seem to value swing-and-miss stuff and out pitches a bit more (see: Smith, Caleb; Richards, Trevor; Anderson, Nick; and Kinley, Tyler) so they might value him accurately: a batting practice machine. Ureña does not throw an out pitch and doesn't have enough movement on his pitches to keep batters off balance to pitch to weak contact. He's the worst pitcher in the rotation right now and wouldn't be in the rotation of most baseball teams. 

 

All this being said, I still believe Jose Ureña would be an above average relief pitcher. 

 

You didn’t answer the question presented in the title. 

 

You just Mike Hill’d us. Long answer while avoiding the question. 

 

 

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Trade him. The best thing that can happen is he has another September leading up to the trade deadline. I think right now Caleb Smith is the ace of this staff with Pablo being the #2 on the staff. Really excited about what Neidert is doing. Gallen isn't far behind and would be a quality 4/5 starter.

 

Also, the only player I think the Marlins would offer an extension to right now is Brian Anderson.

 

 

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