Morosi reports that the Marlins have been in "preliminary contact" with the Tampa Bay Rays in regards to right-handed starter Jake Odorizzi.
The team is currently 37-32 and tied for the top Wild Card position in the National League with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Miami appears to be interested in adding in an attempt to contend down the stretch and gear up for a possible playoff run.
Odorizzi, in particular, will not come cheap.
The 26-year-old established himself as one of the better up-and-coming starters in the American League in 2015, and he has not even hit arbitration. Odorizzi is still under team control through the 2019 season, adding to his value.
This season, Odorizzi has made 15 starts for the Rays, going 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA and a 82 to 27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 84 1/3 innings pitched.
According to FanGraphs.com, Odorizzi has worked to a 3.99 FIP and a 4.08 xFIP, perhaps suggesting that he is due for some, but not a lot, regression for the rest of the season due to his strikeout-to-walk ratio and home run allowed rate.
Regardless, the Marlins could use another starter in a rotation that currently includes Jose Fernandez, Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler and Paul Clemens.