Nov 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins vice president & general manager Dan Jennings listens during a press conference at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
With the calendar now reading July, trade season is coming upon us. Rumors have begun swirling more and more over the last couple weeks but expect the number of rumors to increase after the conclusion of the All-Star Break next week.
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Last week, I argued the Miami Marlins need to rebuild around Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez. One can certainly argue that building around Stanton and Christian Yelich instead is the better route, which is more than acceptable.
However, the Marlins definitely need to strip down to two core players while procuring lots of young talent and spending money on free agents. This is not likely to happen so let’s look ahead at what kind of moves the Miami Marlins could and should pull off if they’re not going to rebuild.
The Marlins could very well be buyers and sellers at the deadline. It would take a lot of creativity and the kind of thinking that the club has basically never demonstrated before, but nonetheless it is possible. Basically, the overall focus will have to be on adding talent that can help now and for a few years, rather than just focusing on a playoff run or accumulating long-term value.
This will all make sense soon, but the general idea is trading away some short-term players (impending free agents) and long-term players (players who will be free agents after later seasons).
This will be broken up into two articles: selling moves and buying moves. Now, let’s look at the selling moves. The first two players are obvious: Dan Haren and Mat Latos. Both are impending free agents who have varying degrees of trade value. Both are interesting cases.
Next: Dan Haren