Free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman rejected an $87 million deal from the Marlins to sign a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees, the NY Post's Joel Sherman reported last week.
Similarly, free-agent closer Kenley Jansen turned down more money from the Marlins, as well as the Nationals, in favor of a five-year, $80 million deal with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
In the wake of losing out on Chapman and Jansen, the Marlins are expected to pursue free-agent relievers Brad Ziegler, Neftali Feliz, Fernando Salas and Junichi Tazawa.
Meanwhile, last week, before Jansen inked a deal with the Dodgers, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said he was already considering other options.
Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI: Robertson (30) pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
According to MLB Trade Rumors, White Sox reliever David Robertson and Rays reliever Alex Colome are the most prominent closers appearing in trade rumors during the last week. And, while free-agent RHP Gregg Holland is meeting with interested teams and adamant on being a full-time closer, he's also reportedly seeking a multi-year deal, despite not pitching for a year and half following Tommy John surgery in 2015.
I'm sure the Nationals and Marlins will turn to Robertson, who will be the easier get. However, the Mets may also have interest in Robertson, a source recently told Newsday's Marc Carig. The Mets are reportedly open to dealing top prospects not named Amed Rosario, so they should be able to compete with other interested teams >> Read more.
Speaking of the Marlins, their manager, Don Mattingly, is confident in his team's minor-league system and how it can help the big-league roster this year and beyond, he told SNY's Steve Gelbs during last week's Baseball Winter Meetings.
"I think our organization is in a great spot," he said. "I think we have a chance to be good in 2017, but build something that's sustainable for our market and capable of winning every year."