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Report: Blue Jays checking in on Marlins' pitchers

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The Toronto Blue Jays have inquired with the Miami Marlins about their starting pitchers, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Pablo Lopez and Elieser Hernandez are reportedly the Marlins' most available arms.

Young Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk, who's become somewhat expendable due to the emergence of top prospect Gabriel Moreno, will likely be part of future discussions, Morosi notes.

Two of the Jays' starting pitchers from their 91-win 2021 campaign, Robbie Ray and Steven Matz, are set to hit free agency. Toronto seemingly wants to retain both and has tendered the one-year, $18.4-million qualifying offer to Ray.

Despite being noncompetitive this past season, the Marlins boast impressive starting depth. Aside from Lopez and Hernandez, the club could enter 2022 with a rotation that includes Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers, Jesus Luzardo, Sixto Sanchez, Edward Cabrera, and Max Meyer.

Lopez, 25, is coming off a strong campaign during which he authored a 3.07 ERA and 3.29 FIP over 102 2/3 innings. The right-hander is entering his first season of arbitration eligibility and is under team control through 2024. He missed time in 2021 with a rotator cuff injury.

At 26, Hernandez is the Marlins' oldest potential starter. The righty struggled to a 4.18 ERA and 5.38 FIP in 11 starts while battling biceps and quad strains. Hernandez is also entering his first season of arbitration eligibility and will be under team control through 2024.

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