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Jeff Locke | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Jeff Locke's recent MRI revealed no structural damage.
While that's encouraging news, the left-hander will be shut down from throwing for the next seven days. The more time that he misses this spring, the harder his chances will be of securing a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation. Feb 25 - 11:50 AM

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Jeff Locke (biceps) underwent an MRI on Thursday.

Locke first developed biceps tendinitis last weekend and was apparently still in some discomfort when he played catch on Thursday. The Marlins are optimistic that the left-hander isn't dealing with anything serious, but we'll have to see what the exam says. Locke is shut down for now.
Feb 24 - 10:30 AM

Jeff Locke (biceps) threw 15-20 light tosses from 60 feet on Thursday.

It was Locke's first time throwing since encountering biceps tendinitis over the weekend. Locke said he feels "a lot better" but still isn't 100 percent. It's unclear when he'll resume mound work or begin facing live hitters. The left-hander is looking for a fresh start in Miami after recording a disappointing 5.44 ERA with the Pirates in 2016.
Feb 23 - 5:18 PM

Jeff Locke has been shut down for a few days due to biceps tendinitis.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said it's not a big concern and that Locke should resume throwing sometime this week. The left-hander signed a one-year, $3.025 million free agent contract with Miami back in early December and is now trying to compete for a spot in the season-opening starting rotation. He can't afford to lose much time.
Feb 20 - 9:53 AM

Marlins signed LHP Jeff Locke to a one-year, $3.025 million contract.

"[Locke] gives us another starting option who we think is in line for a bounce-back year, and he has the ability to give us quality innings," said president of baseball operations Michael Hill at Wednesday's introductory press conference. The 29-year-old southpaw was non-tendered by the Pirates at the beginning of December after pitching to a 5.44 ERA across 127 1/3 frames in 2016. He will compete for a spot at the back of the rotation with the Marlins this spring.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:55:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have a deal with left-hander Jeff Locke, pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that it's a one-year deal worth around $3 million. Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week posting a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016, but he's had better results in the past and it's worth noting that he'll be reunited with Jim Benedict in Miami. It's a reasonable gamble in a weak market for starting pitching.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:52:00 AM's Joe Frisaro reports that Jeff Locke is "a possible fit" with the Marlins.

Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016. He had a much better career 4.16 ERA before last season, however, and is just 29. The left-hander can surely be had cheaply.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 06:25:00 PM

Pirates non-tendered LHP Jeff Locke.

The club designated Locke for assignment earlier in the week but weren't able to find a trade partner prior to Friday's deadline. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 08:20:00 AM

Pirates designated LHP Jeff Locke for assignment.

Pittsburgh didn't want to pay Locke a raise over the $3.025 million he earned in 2016 after watching him post a 5.44 ERA in 127 1/3 innings (19 starts, 11 relief appearances). He would have been entering his second turn through salary arbitration. The 29-year-old left-hander is now a free agent.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 06:34:00 PM

Jeff Locke has been dealing with left shoulder discomfort of late but is available out of the Pirates' bullpen Thursday.

Locke's last appearance came on September 10. The left-hander holds a 5.49 ERA over 29 appearances -- 19 starts -- for the Bucs this season.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Jeff Locke has been moved to the bullpen.

This comes after a poor showing Wednesday against Atlanta (4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER). The Pirates haven't announced who will take his place in the starting rotation. An All-Star in 2013, Locke has posted a 5.63 ERA this season to go with an embarrassing 4.98 K/9.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Jeff Locke was tagged for five runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Braves in a loss Wednesday.

Locke shouldn't be guaranteed any additional starts after this one. He still has a winning record, at 8-7, but his ERA is sitting at 5.63 and he's struck out just 61 in 110 1/3 innings.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 11:03:00 PM

Jeff Locke will start Wednesday versus the Braves.

Locke has been bouncing between the rotation and bullpen. The left-hander owns a rough 5.43 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 106 total innings this season and probably shouldn't be trusted as a fantasy streaming option on Wednesday, even against the lowly Atlanta offense.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 10:56:00 AM

Jeff Locke surrendered five earned runs in three innings, allowing seven hits and five walks while fanning five in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

Both the walks and the strikeouts are out of character for Locke, who racked up 79 pitches in the brief outing. He now has a 5.54 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 37 walks in 104 innings. His next opportunity to ruin your team's ERA will come in an intra-league matchup against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 12:08:00 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports the Pirates are looking to trade either Jeff Locke or Jon Niese.

The Pirates are hoping to get a deal done quickly with Gerrit Cole (triceps) returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The Bucs are also looking to create a spot for Tyler Glasnow in the starting rotation. Locke probably won't attract much trade interest. The 28-year-old owns an underwhelming 5.28 ERA over 18 appearances this year with a frighteningly low 4.72 K/9. Niese hasn't been much better. He's just 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA and a 6.29 K/9.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 09:48:00 PM

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