The July 31st trading deadline came and went without the Miami Marlins making a single move, but that doesn’t mean the team didn’t try to make a move. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins tried to put together a last minute trade, shortly before the 4:00 PM EST deadline.
About 15 minutes before Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Marlins sent out a text to an undisclosed team about a possible trade scenario.
“We threw out a couple of names,” president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.
The last-ditch, Hail Mary proposal was eventually answered with a, no thanks.
With the rejection of their last minute trade idea, the trading deadline passed for the Marlins without the team making a single move. That is something that the Fish anticipated when they arrived at the stadium in the morning, not expecting to trade any of their players:
“I think when Mike and I got in the office this morning, and updated Jeffrey, I don’t think we thought anything was going to happen,” Beinfest said. “It kind of turned out that way. We were on the phone. There were texts. There were some ideas. We threw out an idea late. It was kind of a normal day. We never got the sense that anything was close.”
Like we reported on Marlin Maniac in the morning, the Marlins were not anticipating moving Giancarlo Stanton, Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, or Chad Qualls unless a team severely overpaid for their services. All four are still with the team, so it’s unlikely the Marlins were blown away.
I can understand the other three, but it’s puzzling why the Marlins didn’t trade Qualls for a decent prospect, as Qualls drew interest from a couple of clubs
Heard that some teams came after Chad Qualls today, but Marlins didn’t want to move him. Wouldn’t trade Cishek, Dunn, either.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 31, 2013
That doesn’t mean that they didn’t receive a strong offer for one of the players, as it has been reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates made the Marlins “a significant offer” for the services of Giancarlo Stanton. Reportedly, the Marlins front office was intrigued by the offer, but owner Jeffery Loria nixed the trade.
The one player I suspected the Marlins would trade for sure was Ryan Webb, as he was months into his speculation of being a trade candidate. At the end of the day, no teams made an offer for Webb that the team felt was the correct value.
Even with the non-waiver trade deadline now in the past, it doe not mean that the Marlins are necessarily done making moves. Teams can still trade players in the month of August, but they have to clear waivers first.
“You never know,” Beinfest said. “Things change every day. Injuries. People on a run, not on a run. You just never know. We’ve made a bunch of deals in the last year. Today wasn’t our day to make a deal.”
The Yankees could not pull off a trade for third baseman Michael Young and are still going to need some depth at the position. The Marlins were banking on the Yanks being interested in Placido Polanco, but the Yankees were cool on the idea of Polanco.