Urena and the Marlins agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Urena was the Marlins' Opening Day starter in 2018, and while his performances weren't typical of a player in that role, his 3.98 ERA was nevertheless the best among Miami pitchers who made at least seven starts. He lines up to fill the same job again this season.
Urena (9-12) tallied a quality start in Friday's win over the Mets. He went six innings and allowed one run on five hits and four walks while striking out four. Urena finished the season off very well as he has a 1.20 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over his last 30 innings. He also lowered his ERA sub-four for the first time all season, ending at 3.98 on the year. While Urena isn't much more than an innings-eater, he will likely have a spot in next year's rotation.
Urena (knee) will start Friday's game against the Mets. Urena experienced tightness in his right knee coming out of his last start Sept. 22 against the Reds, but the issue won't cause him to miss a turn in the rotation. He'll take the hill for the final time in 2018, looking to continue a strong second half during which he's compiled a 6-3 record, 3.49 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 11 starts.
Urena (8-12) recorded the win Saturday after throwing 5.2 scoreless innings against the Reds, allowing three hits and one walk, and striking out two. He said after the game that he's feeling tightness in the IT band of his right knee but expects to make his next start Friday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. The righty will get an extra day off next week before his scheduled turn against the Mets. Following this strong effort, Urena owns a 4.07 ERA with a 6.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 30 starts. His next assignment presents another chance to stream him, especially for fantasy players desperate for late-season spot starts.
Urena (hand) isn't expected to miss any time after exiting Sunday's game against the Phillies with a right hand cramp, Wells Dusenbury of the Sun-Sentinel reports. Urena is slated to start Saturday, and his hand is fine following Sunday's outing. He'll face a favorable Cincinnati lineup in his 29th appearance of the 2018 campaign.