The Miami Marlins completed a signing of free agent reliever Jon Rauch yesterday, presumably with the intent to add depth to a bullpen that was not good last season and lost a few names along the way. While Rauch does not fit the team's needs as a lefty reliever, he does add yet another mediocre but acceptable arm to the pen, and while his impact will be minimal, he is really not taking up anyone's spot.
But the Marlins were not recently tied to this free agent reliever's name. The team was more often tied to another name, a bigger name in former Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Valverde had supposedly signed with the Marlins yesterday before the rumors were vehemently denied, leading to agent Scott Boras even angrily calling Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald to explain the situation. The Marlins presumably had interest in Valverde because the team wanted a veteran reliever who could step into the closer's role should incumbent Steve Cishek falter. In addition, Valverde's more recent stint as a closer could still compel teams to make midseason offers for him if he does perform well in his time with the Marlins.
Miami Marlins Still Interested in Jose Valverde?
Fish Stripes | Feb 6