The Marlins are likely to tender a contract to starter Henderson Alvarez by the early December deadline, but are unlikely to do so with reliever Aaron Crow, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Both pitchers are currently on their way back from surgical procedures. The Marlins will wait for medicals to come back before making a decision on Alvarez.
Alvarez, 25, underwent surgery on his right shoulder in late July. He made two starts in April before landing on the disabled list for over a month, then made two more starts in May before going back on the shelf. He allowed 18 runs (16 earned) on 28 hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.
Crow, 28, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery in early April. The Marlins acquired him from the Royals in November for Brian Flynn and minor leaguer Reid Redman.
Alvarez will be eligible for his second year of arbitration after earning $4 million in 2015. Crow will be eligible in his third and final year after earning $1.975 million.
Aaron Crow, whom the Marlins acquired from the Royals in November, has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Miami gave up left-hander Brian Flynn and minor leaguer Reid Redman to get Crow, penciling him into a setup role after he logged 234 innings with a 3.43 ERA for Kansas City from 2011-2014.
However, he showed major signs of decline last season as his strikeout rate fell from 9.0 per nine innings from 2011-2013 to 5.2 per nine innings and his ERA rose to a career-worst 4.12. Crow will earn $2 million this season remains arbitration eligible and under the Marlins’ control for 2016.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are willing to trade some of their young, controllable pitchers to fill other areas of need. Thus far, though, nothing has felt like the “right deal” to Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations.
Of their six arbitration-eligible players, five are pitchers: Mike Dunn, Steve Cishek, Aaron Crow, Nathan Eovaldi, and Henderson Alvarez. Scores more have yet to accrue enough service time to become arbitration-eligible, such as Tom Koehler. For mid-market teams who won’t even bother to deign interest in top free agent arms like Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, the Marlins certainly look like an attractive trading partner with which to find a pitching upgrade.
Frisaro adds that, following the history-making contract extension with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins have also broached extending Jose Fernandez, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Adeiny Hechavarria. Each in the quartet has yet to become eligible for arbitration, meaning they will not hit free agency until 2019 at the earliest.