After he spent 2015 primarily in Triple-A, things weren't looking great for Dan Straily. Out of options, he was facing a likely DFA by Houston. Then, his fortune changed as he was traded to the Padres and subsequently claimed off waivers by the rebuilding Reds. With Cincinnati, he moved into the starting rotation by the end of April and never looked back. By the season's end, he had posted a strong 3.65 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. His peripherals should temper some expectations heading into 2017, as his 4.93 FIP and .246 BABIP point to luck playing a big part in his success while his 162:73 K:BB in 191.1 innings leaves something to be desired. The Marlins traded for him over the offseason, though, which should offer Straily a consistent rotation spot with a team in a much more pitcher-friendly ballpark. This likely boosts his stock a bit, although owners definitely should expect some regression from his surprising 2016 showing.
Straily allowed one run on three hits while striking out six over five innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. He fired 64 pitches and rose to the challenge of being matched up against Justin Verlander, as Straily made his first Grapefruit League appearance since Mar. 2. He'd been getting his work in during minor league games through the early part of the spring schedule, but the 28-year-old righty should take his final couple of turns prior to Opening Day with the major league squad. Straily is coming off a career-best season, but even with a friendlier pitcher's home park in Miami, the former Red could be hard-pressed to match his 2016 numbers.
Straily gave up two hits and struck out one in a shutout inning during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. He got the start in his spring debut for the Marlins, a further sign that Straily is ticketed for the rotation to begin the season and won't need to battle for a spot. After throwing a career-high 191.1 innings with the Reds last year, the 28-year-old will be counted on to take a regular turn for Miami, but he could have a hard time matching the career-best 14 wins, 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP he also recorded in 2016.
Straily will be traded to the Marlins, pending physicals, in exchange for minor leaguers Luis Castillo, Austin Brice and Isaiah White, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. Straily was claimed off waivers by the Reds prior to Opening Day of 2016, and he rewarded the team with a 3.76 ERA over 191.1 innings. The rebuilding Cincinnati team will flip him to Miami in a buy-low, sell-high move, gaining two of the Marlins' top-10 pitching prospects in the process. Miami will have four years of team control over the 28-year-old, who should be a staple in their rotation heading into 2017.
Straily (14-8) allowed one run on five hits, struck out five and walked two over 6.2 innings against the Brewers on Saturday. He fell victim to the long ball again, tossing up a homer to Domingo Santana, but that was Straily's only blunder. He struck out just four, but Straily lowered his batting average against to .220, which is eighth-best in baseball. He also has a 3.74 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 154 strikeouts in 185.1 innings. Straily will make his final start Thursday against the Cardinals.
Straily's next start could get pushed to Monday against the Cubs, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. After going eight innings in Tuesday's start, the Reds seem to be leaning toward giving him an extra day of rest and moving from Sunday to Monday. Keyvius Sampson appears to be the favorite to start Sunday against the Pirates.