According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Marlins now open to trading right-handed starter Dan Straily. Miami had previously expressed an unwillingness to move Straily, but the weak market for starting pitching caused them to re-consider.
The Marlins acquired Straily this offseason from the Reds in exchange for a crop of prospects: pitchers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice as well as outfielder Isaiah White. The 28-year old has a 3.84 ERA and 107 strikeouts over 117.1 innings and is having one of the best seasons in his six-year career. He is under team control through the 2020 season, presenting a cost-effective option for clubs looking for a starter.
If dealt, Straily may net a solid haul for the Marlins. However there is the question of if they’re bleeding the team of something it really needs: a reliable starter. Now that they’ve sent Tom Koehler back down to Triple-A, their rotation is more tumultuous than ever and need to find some form of consistently. The Marlins are also taking offers on their closer A.J. Ramos and just moved David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners for three pitching prospects—Lukas Schiraldi, Brandon Miller, and Pablo Lopez,—and centerfielder Byran Hernandez.
The Marlins had previously made clear that they wouldn’t be parting with any of the team’s controllable assets, instead focusing on moving relievers like Phelps and Ramos. Though Straily is now available, don’t expect the Fish to shop outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna or Christian Yelich.
One suitor has already emerged for Straily, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The Royals have already shown interest in acquiring the righty.