Miami Marlins: It’s Time To Rebuild

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Jul 20, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado (14) reacts to a strike during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins find themselves 17 games under .500. With a sweep at the hands of the Phillies, owners of MLB’s worst record, and a loss yesterday to Arizona, Miami has lost four straight games. The Marlins gave themselves high expectations going into the season, but the season hasn’t gone as expected.

Some people would like to believe that the Marlins struggles come from injuries, but if you dig into the numbers that simply isn’t the case. The Marlins have actually been lucky with avoiding injuries unlike Washington, who’s lost a fair share of production from them. According to, the Marlins rank very low among the teams who have suffered from injuries. So, it’s safe to say the reason the Marlins have been losing a lot of games is because they simply are not that good. 

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Come late July, people start talking about what trades certain teams should make. I’m about to suggest something that will not make many Marlins fans happy, but it’s something they need to consider.

What am I’m talking about?

A rebuild.

With a bad Major League team and a very, very bad farm system, the Marlins are in a very difficult spot right now. They must take action and a full rebuild is the way to fix it. Now that word hurts some Marlins fans because I’m sure they are tired of hearing that, but it’s simply the way to go. If you look at the Astros, they started their rebuild 3 years ago and now find themselves holding a playoff spot thanks to some of the best talent in the MLB. The Marlins need to try to rebuild the same way the Astros did.

The Marlins have some players they can trade in return for solid prospects, which could put themselves in a competing position within a few years.

Who are these players? What comes to mind are next week’s trade candidates, Mat Latos and Dan HarenMartin Prado is another possibility to be traded next week but the chances aren’t high. A third idea would be Tom Koehler in exchange Tim Beckham of the Rays.

But to start the rebuild, the Marlins have to dip into their core.

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