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Miami once again has the chance to showcase quality

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arms in high-leverage situations."DrewSteckenrider is coming off a 2018 season which had its ups and downs. There was a stretch of 3 1? innings in the middle of May where he allowed 11 earned runs and seven walks in four games that nuked his overall numbers. Otherwise Prince Fielder Jersey , Steckenrider would have been in All-Star consideration. The second half gave him a chance to see some closing opportunities following the Ziegler trade and Barraclough regression. He split those save chances with five converted saves and five blown. The potential was there. Steckenrider finished the season with a 10.3 K/9 and 3.62 FIP. Steamer on FanGraphs projects something similar for 2019, along with 25 saves.My personal choice to win the job is AdamConley.The lean left-hander was confined to Triple-A for a significant chunk of 2017, but the move to the bullpen this past year may have changed the trajectory of his entire career. At times, ACON was lights out. His unorthodox delivery kept left-handed hitters off balance all season. The incredible fastball velocity increase—from 89.9 mph in 2017 to 95.7 mph in 2018—doesn’t hurt. That combination of those factors led to a swinging strike rate of 14.7, which was the highest of his career and top 20 among MLB relievers. Overall, opponents hit .202 against him while posting the best K/BB% ratio of his career, not to mention the best WHIP (1.09) and K/9 (8.88) as well. The second half of the year gave Conley the opportunity to get some save chances, resulting in the first three saves if his career. Going into 2019, I think the Marlins and Conley have both positioned themselves nicely for the future. Turning 29 in May Adrian Beltre Jersey , his career year appears to be sustainable, turning him into a quality asset heading towards the trade deadline.Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesFinally, I’m going to give you a couple names I feel like the Marlins could bring in through free agency. At the very least, they would help add competition.JakeDiekman is 31-year-old, 6-foot-4 lefty with a funky 95+ mph sinker. He had a quality first half for the Texas Rangers last year, hopping over to the Arizona Diamondbacks for their stretch run. Diekman’s experience in the desert was not a pretty one, posting a career-worst 7.53 ERA in 24 appearances. Don’t be scared away by the small sample size struggles. With a lifetime 3.30 FIP and 11.05 K/9, Diekman is a cheap option for the Marlins—think $3-5 million guaranteed—to push the talents of Steckenrider and Conley.Another name that’s been on my mind since the end of the season is CodyAllen. The former closer of the Indians is a free agent coming off the worst season of his career, a perfect buy-low option for a rebuilding ball club.Prior to that Nolan Ryan Jersey , Allen was a steady closer in Cleveland with 25+ saves each of the last four years. His 2018 ERA of 4.70 was almost a full two runs higher than any point in his career. Aside from a slight velocity drop, there’s nothing up to this point to show that trend will continue. He still has stellar numbers overall (career 11.52 K/9 and 1.19 WHIP). A change in scenery might be exactly what Allen needs to get back to that level.I believe Miami will make a signing to sure up the bullpen in some way, and surprise a lot of people with Steck and ACON thriving in important roles. The 2019 season provides an amazing opportunity to showcase a plethora of arms for the trade deadline or towards the future. It might not be a “Super Bullpen,” but I fully expect improvement from 2018. 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