Marlins pitching prospect Justin Nicolino was called up to start in place of Tom Koehler against the Reds on Saturday night, as Koehler is dealing with some neck and back pain, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro hears that Koehler and Brad Hand may be involved in a developing trade with an unknown team. Details are vague at this point, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Marlins, entering play tonight with a 29-40 record, start to sell off some pieces as they are wont to do.
Koehler, 28, will be under team control through the 2018 season. This season, he’s 5-4 with a 3.76 ERA and a 57/30 K/BB ratio in 79 innings.
Hand, 25, is under team control through 2019. He has made three starts and 17 relief appearances for the Marlins thus far, compiling a 5.97 ERA and a 27/11 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings.
The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.
Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.
In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.
Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.