Ross Detwiler Agrees To Deal With Marlins (m.mlb.com)

MIAMI — The Marlins have agreed to terms with veteran left-hander Ross Detwiler on a one-year Major League deal, a source told MLB.com. The club has not yet confirmed the signing.
Miami will need to make a corresponding move with its 40-man roster currently full.
Detwiler, who turns 35 in

MIAMI — The Marlins have agreed to terms with veteran left-hander Ross Detwiler on a one-year Major League deal, a source told MLB.com. The club has not yet confirmed the signing.

Miami will need to make a corresponding move with its 40-man roster currently full.

Detwiler, who turns 35 in March, compiled a 3.20 ERA, 3.90

and 1.22 WHIP across 19 2/3 innings of relief for the White Sox in 2020. His 58.3 percent ground-ball rate was the highest of his career.

According to Statcast, Detwiler ranked in the 92nd percentile among MLB pitchers by allowing only 3.3 percent barrel contact last season. He switched up his repertoire from 2019 to ’20, increasing the usage of his slider (from 1.9 percent to 30.5) and his sinker (19.8 percent to 29.3) while turning to his four-seam fastball (32.6 percent to 27.7), changeup (16.4 percent to 9.3) and curveball (14 percent to 3.2) less. Detwiler didn’t throw his cutter.

Over 12 big league seasons, Detwiler is 27-48 with a 4.56 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 224 games (95 starts). Since leaving the Nationals in 2014, he has played for six MLB clubs and an independent league team.

Detwiler, who recorded four or more outs in seven of his 16 outings in 2020, could find himself in a hybrid role with the Marlins. He has a 4.48 ERA and 1.45 WHIP as a starter vs. a 4.80 ERA and 1.54 WHIP as a reliever in his big league career. The southpaw started 12 games in ’19 for the White Sox, his highest total since making 13 starts in ’13 with the Nats.

Miami has made it known that its bullpen (which had a 5.50 ERA in 2020) is an offseason focus, with manager Don Mattingly calling it a “work in progress” last month. Detwiler would become the fourth addition so far, joining right-handers Adam Cimber (trade with Cleveland), Paul Campbell (Rule 5 Draft selection) and Zach Pop (Rule 5 Draft trade).

In a National League East division that features several prominent left-handed-hitting sluggers, like Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, the Marlins will have four southpaw relievers on their 40-man roster: Detwiler, Richard Bleier, Stephen Tarpley and Alex Vesia.

Lefties slash .236/.310/.324 against Detwiler compared to .300/.363/.476 for righties.

Christina De Nicola is a reporter and game producer for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow her on Twitter @CDeNicola13.



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