Which Miami Marlins Player Won’t Be Traded At The Deadline?

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on June 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on June 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Anthony DiComo of MLB.com wrote a story on which player from the Miami Marlins was untouchable and which player could be traded. He actually wrote about every team in the National League East.

It is understandable to think that for the right price, every player on the Miami Marlins roster could find a new home by the end of next week, but in actuality, the roster Manager Don Mattingly works with on a daily basis is better than most think.

Youth, speed, better than average defense. Mix in a nice balance of veteran leadership and this is a roster that could shock a few media members by 2020. In other words, We may not want to sleep on this organization’s potential.

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But that’s not the focus of this story. DiComo’s focus is on how the Marlins and other organizations view their best players.

“The approach of Tuesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline gives all teams — contenders, pretenders, and wait-for-next-summers — a chance to take stock of their entire organizations,” DiComo writes. “Clubs on the rise, like the Braves, must determine how wide open their window of contention is. Clubs that are struggling, like the Mets, must pick and choose which pieces they want to commit to for the future.”

And then there are the Marlins. Sandy Alcantara has only been with the organization for a short time, but the potential is there for him to be this organization’s best No. 1 starter since Jose Fernandez two seasons ago. He may be young and still must work on his control issues, but the future is certainly bright for the 22-year-old.

"“The Marlins didn’t deal a franchise-type player in Marcell Ozuna only to flip the return half a year later. DiComo states. “While a right axillary infection has prevented Alcantara from spending much time on the mound lately, he remains one of the highest-upside players in the Marlins’ organization, with a fastball that rides into the upper 90s. Miami has reason to hope Alcantara can be a big part of its next winning team.”"

Alcantara is currently on the disabled list but has pitched during his recovery. When he returns to the team, it will be interesting how Mattingly decides where to place him in the rotation.

There are numerous players who have been discussed in trade talks over the past few weeks and figure to get more run from websites and prognostications. Whether it is bullpen help teams are looking for or a solid veteran bat, the Marlins could make plenty of deals happen.

The asking price might be the other thing hindering a potential deal to be consummated.

The one pitcher DiComo sees and a potential trade option is starter Jose Urena. The 26-year-old Opening Day starter has not had the best record of his career, but he has had a solid season, nonetheless.

"“Although Urena sports a 4.63 ERA, he is enjoying the best season of his career in terms of peripherals,”  DiComo wrote.“[Urena’s] strikeout rate is up and his walk rate is down, making him attractive to contenders. So why would a rebuilding Miami club deal him? Urena will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, meaning he’s about to get expensive.”"

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This is a move that may not have been on the radar of many fans, makes plenty of sense. It also helps make sure Alcantara has a spot in the rotation upon his return. Teams may want to make a deal for Urena, who could be a solid fifth starter in a contending team’s rotation.

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