On Friday afternoon, the Marlins acquired pitcher Aaron Crow in a trade with the Royals. Though Crow has been used in the bullpen in each of his 254 appearances, Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill suggested that the right-hander could get a shot in the starting rotation, per Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel.
“We know he has started,” said President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, adding that manager Mike Redmond and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez would visit with Crow before the Marlins determine his role. “It’s still early in the offseason and we’re not sure how the rest of the offseason will unfold in terms of what else we add to our pitching staff, but we love the flexibility. We love the thought he could possibly be a starting option for us, but at a minimum we know he’ll be a valuable bullpen piece and just add to the overall depth of our staff.”
Crow, 28, added that starting is something that he has always wanted to do. He last started in 2010, when he split time between Single-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
This past season with the Royals, Crow finished with a 4.12 ERA and a 34/24 K/BB ratio in 59 innings.