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Marlins plan to bolster their roster at the trade deadline

Jun 22, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

Jeffrey Loria, Dan Jennings Jeffrey Loria, Dan Jennings

The Marlins lost 11-5 to the Mets on Sunday afternoon, falling to 37-38 in third place, but they remain just 2.5 games out of first place in the NL East. Great starts by Giancarlo Stanton, Henderson Alvarez, and Steve Cishek have contributed to the club being in a much better spot than expected, even after losing phenom Jose Fernandez to injury.

In an interview with MLB Network Radio, Marlins VP/GM Dan Jennings told Jim Duquette that “there will be money” available to bolster the roster by the July 31 trade deadline.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Marlins have been among the most aggressive teams in terms of scouting other teams’ systems. He adds that the Marlins are, in particular, looking for pitching help.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    I will be mad as hell if somehow the Marlins make the playoffs and win their third title since 1997. I’m usually not a hater…

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      Should this change our evaluation of the Marlins at all? The character of their leaders hasn’t changed. But it is looking increasingly likely that their latest fire sale was a good baseball decision. Yet again, they appear to be assembling a competitive team.

      Is it worse to root for a team run by slimy, but competent leadership, or well-meaning buffoons?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        The world, at least America, seems to only care about results, rings, titles, winning, most money etc…

        Uh, the Cubs haven’t won since Christ walked the earth…

        I’ve been a Cubs fan since the mid 70’s and I’d love to have had them win two World Series since the 90’s

        Over the last 17 World Series, only 10 teams in MLB have won a World Series.

        Since 1997, only 6 MLB teams have won at least 2 World Series and the Marlins are one of them.

        Cubs can’t even sniff that kind of success…

        Yeah, Loria is terrible. But his methods have brought them two world titles since 1997 and there are 20 MLB teams during that time without a title, most of them without an appearance in the World Series.

  2. carpi2 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    The Marlins have certainly had an eventful history, in their 21 years of existence. They have won 2 World Series and had 2 fire sales. Yet, here they are, contending for their Division’s lead. Crazy!

    • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:52 AM

      Three fire sales. 1998, 2005, 2012.

      • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:11 AM

        Was it three distinct fires, or one ongoing fire that flared up from time to time?

      • carpi2 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Sorry, I stand corrected. Say what you want about the Marlins Organization, but they certainly have maximized roster efficiency!

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      More odd is that they have won two World Series titles without ever winning their division.

  3. dirtybirdcurve - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    The marlins are going to crap the bed before the all-star game, no chance they stay competitive when the only good player they have is stanton

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:34 AM

      Their “only good player is Stanton”? Not even close.

      What about Ozuna, Dietrich, Yelich, Alvarez, Eovaldi, and Turner? All young players with significant upside. Garrett Jones and Saltalamacchia are not stars, but they are solid complementary players. Cishek and Ramos are good arms in the bullpen.

      I think this is a legitimately good offense. Their pitching staff has more question marks, but it’s far from terrible.

      They may well end up fading, but this is a team with a talented core. They could get it done if some of their
      young players take a step forward.

    • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:57 AM

      They’re in major fade mode, looking up at the soft white underbelly of the strange attractor. They need more than pitching help. Their offense has been running out of steam for the past three weeks or so, seeking its natural level. Teams are figuring out how to pitch around the Iron Giant with this cockamamie lineup. They need to slot Ozuna behind the Giant and move McGehee to hit second. They need another contact hitter with some pop more than they really need to unload everyday players for more pitching. There are some terrific kids here – Marisnick, Yelich, Bour – who just aren’t quite ready yet. Veteran hitters would help, but not some injury prone, over the hill types they’re so fond of using for roster ballast.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        It sounds as if they plan to trade Stanton for some minor league pitchers.

      • pelumaad - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Hit the slow guy second……brilliant!

    • pelumaad - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      It’s a team game.

  4. bizzmoneyb - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    wow.. u mean Loria might actually SPEND some of that Revenue Sharing and TV money he’s been pocketing for years?!!

  5. kiwicricket - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    “Bolster their roster” or add cheap bloated corpses for roster ballast?

  6. miamimarlinsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    The Marlins need help with their lineup. They are not scoring a lot of runs just like they did last year. They need about 2 good players who can hit on a consistent level so that they can get on and be driven home. Some team speed would also be nice so that they can steal bases and get into scoring position but for now, the Marlins need better hits if they are going to have any chance.

    if they are going to focus on more pitching, they are not going to improve since they have some decent pitchers already.

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      So far this year, the Marlins have scored the third most runs per game in the NL, while their pitchers have allowed the third most runs per game.

      Their pitching is definitely what needs help.

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