Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Marlins have been discussing a trade involving pitching. The Rangers, who lost Yu Darvish for the season due to Tommy John surgery, need rotation depth and apparently have interest in Brad Hand. They also need a second left-hander in the bullpen, and the Marlins’ Mike Dunn could fill that gap.
Hand, a left-hander who turned 25 years old on Friday, has a career 4.42 ERA with a 123/88 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings in the majors. Hand is out of options and the Marlins’ starting rotation is full, so he would either open up the season as a reliever or he’d move on to another team.
Dunn, 29, is also out of options. He’s proved effective out of the bullpen for the Marlins over the last two seasons, compiling a combined 2.89 ERA with a 139/50 K/BB ratio over 124 2/3 innings. Over his career, he’s held left-handed hitters to an OPS 115 points lower than right-handed hitters.
[Update, 7:04 PM EST] MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins aren’t looking to move Dunn.