Last week Carl Pavano expressed interest in a reunion with the Marlins, but apparently the feeling isn’t quite mutual.
Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post talked to a Marlins source who “didn’t seem enthusiastic about the team taking a chance on Pavano.”
And rightfully so, because Pavano is 37 years old and was a mess this year while trying to pitch through shoulder problems. He finally shut things down in early June and missed the final four months of the season.
Once the pitching market dries up Pavano might make sense for some teams on a minor-league or incentive-laden deal, but given his age, arm problems, and diminished velocity it’s tough to imagine any team wanting to commit to him in the Opening Day rotation.
Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.
Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.
Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.
Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.