The first pitcher on this list that’s healthy, Jose Urena joined Detroit this past offseason through free agency after six years with the Miami Marlins. With the deal being a one-year contract worth just over $3 million in total, Urena could be a decent target for teams in need of starting pitching at the deadline.
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While Urena’s contract fits what is usually moved at the deadline, his stats don’t support the idea as well. Through 14 starts, Urena’s ERA is at a solid 6.00 mark after allowing 46 runs through 69 innings pitched. On top of that his strikeouts are a bit low at 42 and his walks high at 32.
So why even mention him? Well, if the Brad Peacock signing showed Tribe fans anything it’s that ownership isn’t giving the front office much to work with, meaning cheap moves to try and make some sort of improvement to the roster. That’s exactly what Urena would be.
While his stats aren’t great by any means, Urena would be a cheap acquisition that would give Cleveland another option to use in the starting rotation down the stretch. He wouldn’t break the bank and shouldn’t take much to acquire, which are all big plus signs for this current regime.