The Miami Marlins fail to make enough moves at deadline

MIAMI, FL - JULY 30: (LtoR) Miami Marlins coaching staff Fredi Gonzalez
MIAMI, FL - JULY 30: (LtoR) Miami Marlins coaching staff Fredi Gonzalez /

As the non-waiver trade deadline passed at 4P.M. on Monday, some big names on the move. None of them came from the Miami Marlins.

The Miami Marlins did not make a single deal in the final two days before the deadline. When teams are most active, they were silent. This season’s trade market certainly seemed to be a seller’s market.

That means contending teams gave up a lot of prospect value to add valuable assets as they push for a playoff berth. In recent seasons, the trade deadline seemed to be more of a buyers market.

Miami did well in acquiring talent in the two trades they did make near the deadline. I feel they should have made a couple more deals while the pickings seemed ripe.

I am not a part of the Marlins Front Office, so I don’t not know what names were discussed in potential deals. But as Clark Spencer reported, the Brewers were in talks with the Marlins about journeyman Dan Straily as recently as two days ago.

The front office has been reluctant to trade Straily because of his affordability and club control. Straily doesn’t have the stuff to be a front of the rotation starter, but could have been a valuable piece for a team such as the Brewers, Cubs, Astros, Rockies or Royals.

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As I mentioned in my last article, I would have liked to see the Marlins try to move Straily, AJ Ramos (who was in fact traded to the New York Mets later that day), Junichi Tazawa, Dee Gordon, Derek Dietrich, Brad Ziegler, Martin Prado (who has since opted to undergo knee surgery) and AJ Ellis.

The trades they did make

The only two Marlins traded in the past month were AJ Ramos and David Phelps. They were able to fetch the Marlins five prospects that rank in the top 30 prospects in their farm system.

When the Marlins moved Phelps to the Seattle Mariners, they received outfielder Brayan Hernandez and pitchers Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez, and Lukas Schiraldi. Hernandez has received the most praise from scouts and becomes the eighth best prospect in the Marlins farm system.

Miller and Lopez also become valuable pieces in the Miami Marlins system, being ranked 20th and 23rd respectively.

Miami also received Merandy Gonzalez and Ricardo Cespedes from the Mets in exchange for closer AJ Ramos. Gonzalez was the centerpiece of the trade, and he became the Miami Marlins sixth best prospect.

Cespedes is a 19-year-old outfielder who has the potential to become a five tool player, and ranks in as the Marlins 24th best prospect.

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Seeing a few more names on the move would have been nice. The Miami Marlins aren’t competing for a playoff spot this season. As such, I would have moved some veterans and rebuilt the farm system a little more.