The Miami Marlins made their first trade of the 2014 season on Sunday morning, just one day after Ken Rosenthal predicted that the Marlins would be “aggressive, early” buyers. The team acquired right handed reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 39th overall pick in Thursday’s MLB Draft.
With trading season just a month away, the Marlins are not quite done improving their team, according to Marlins President of Baseball Operations, Mike Hill:
#Marlins prez of baseball ops Michael Hill said Bryan Morris trade is just the start: “I don’t think we’re finished in trying to improve.”
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) June 1, 2014
Even with the acquisition of Morris, the Marlins are likely going to need more relief help. That has been the biggest weakness for the Marlins thus far this season.
Other areas of need for the Marlins could include a shortstop, starter, and left handed hitter off the bench.
The need for a short stop is obvious, with Adeiny Hechavarria playing unimpressive baseball so far this season, posting a .268/.302/.338 slash line. Metrics don’t love Hech’s defense once again in 2014. The Marlins, after letting Greg Dobbs go earlier in the season, have not had a left handed hitter to come off the bench.
Another area Marlins fans would like to see addressed is the starting pitching. The loss of Jose Fernandez is still stinging the Marlins, as they are now without their ace. Jeff Samardzija is a name that some have expressed interest in the Marlins trying to acquire. That doesn’t make much sense to me, as the Marlins would have to surrender top prospect Andrew Heaney in such a deal.