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Marlins have “little to no interest” in Joe Saunders or Edwin Jackson, but do like Matt Garza

Jan 4, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

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Last month the Marlins were said to be looking at Joe Saunders to fill out their rotation and agent Scott Boras is still trying to find Edwin Jackson a lucrative new home, but Joe Frisaro of writes that Miami “has little to no interest” in either free agent starter.

However, according to Frisaro the Marlins would like to add a veteran starter to the rotation alongside Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, and Ricky Nolasco. He suggests Matt Garza as their ideal target, but it’s unclear if the Marlins are willing to pay the Cubs’ substantial asking price.

If they fail to make another move Chris Volstad is the current fifth starter, but there’s been speculation about him being trade bait all offseason and clearly the Marlins would be willing to part with the 25-year-old right-hander to make room for Garza or another high-profile veteran. Miami has thrown around money this offseason, but acquiring Garza would take prospects rather than cash and the Marlins’ farm system isn’t elite.

  1. Ari Collins - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Weird that they wouldn’t want Jackson. He’s a pretty perfect fit for them, and wouldn’t cost them prospects in an already depleted system.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    They want some variation on the staff, different “looks.” Buehrle is a control pitcher, as is, basically, Anibal Sanchez. They have hard throwers in Johnson and Nolasco, but they may have ideas about trading Nolasco so they want another pitcher who can bring it. The problem with Garza is the asking price; I would give Tweeter up in a heartbeat for a pitcher like Garza but the Feesh don’t seem to want to do that – and oddly, they do seem to be willing to give up Gaby Sanchez, who I think is a much better ballplayer than Tweeter and a local favorite to boot. But who knows? All of this could be a lot of ducking and dodging – make it look like they “know something” about Tweeter’s upside so that interested teams will pull harder at him and when they do give him up, it’ll smell like someone else’s coup.

    One can hope….

    • cur68 - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      So, the Feesh could be playing a little Texas Hold ‘Em with Morrison, eh? Any chance you could get them to play “Wack-A-Mole” instead? I find the idea of Morrison being clobbered by a hammer really appealing.

  3. krznbacca - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    If the rumors are true about Zambrano to Miami, then throw him in too. Although what Marlins pitching prospects would appease Theo?

    • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      For Zambrano? Hell, they’d probably take Oliver Perez to get rid of Krazy Karlos if the Feesh had him.

      • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

        Beengo! Point made!

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