What to do with the Marlins Bullpen

Lots of talk has been centered around the Marlins bullpen. Personally, I think Leo Nunez has to go.

Some ideas that came to mind involve the Marlins shopping him for a young CF or 3B prospect with less upside than most but ceiling of a solid regular.

I first thought of Ryan Kalish and Ben Revere. Both of whom have their value high enough.

Kalish could be available due to the fact that he is blocked. He profiles as a potential 15 HR, 25 SB, .290/.360 type of guy.

Revere will hit less home runs but hit for a higher average and steal more bases.

Both players are solid defensively. Leo Nunez on the other hand is undervalued due to his horrid back to back Septembers. Not only is he a potential closer, but he has proven that until the aforementioned evil month, he can come out back to back nights and either close the game out or set up the closer while sitting at 95 MPH.

He is also under team control for several more years despite getting a raise which could total out to be $4.5MM.

This is all just speculation but I’d be surprised if Nunez is with the Marlins come Spring Training.

However, I do expect them to pursue someone like Joe Beimel or Tim Byrdak. Both of whom are lefties who can mentor young southpaw, Michael Dunn, which is what the Marlins are hoping to get done, no pun intended.

Also keep in mind that Joe Beimel has been highly effective as a reliever in his career. Not once has he had a particularly bad season.

Let me know what you think!

One comment

  1. ludafish

    I would be into trading Leo if the return was right, but then who closes? Hensley took over the job and did well, but dont you usually like someone who can overpower hitters? Hensley is an offspeed guy with a good change and hook, but throws 90 on a good day. Dunn had closer stuff, but is he ready? Do the marlins go and get Bell? In april and may of last year Leo was one of the best closers in the game(and as usual imploded later) and i feel he will be more effective with a better supporting cast. The team is looking into Beimel i hear, and i would be all about them getting him. Havent had a reliable lefty since Rhodes (and they barely used him) and his experience would really help. At least this is an active marlins offseason

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