The move the Miami Marlins made on Friday, sending first baseman Justin Bour to Philadelphia in return for pitcher McKenzie Mills may not be the last for the organization.
The Miami Marlins may be open to making more deals, trading away veteran players with teams sending minor league prospects back to South Florida in return. It’s a move that may ruffle more feathers amongst the fanbase – even with how small it is.
"“We’re pretty open, we’re always looking for ways to get better,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “If there is an opportunity out there, we’ll pursue it. At this point, we’re just seeing if there is anything out there that makes sense.”"
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This means the Marlins will listen to all deals offered to then before determining if more players will exit the organization before the end of the season. Pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Derek Dietrich, and infielder Starlin Castro are possible trade candidates.
Miami made two trades before the Aug. 31 revocable waiver trade deadline, sending Cameron Maybin to Seattle and Brad Ziegler to Arizona. There were plenty of rumors of trade activity involving the Marlins, who were content with keeping the majority of their roster intact until Friday.
Mills was assigned to Double-A affiliate in Jacksonville, and he will remain part of the rotation in the minors. There is a chance he will become a relief pitcher once he makes the jump to the Majors.
"“Mills’ fastball topped at 95 mph as a starter, but if he relieves, the thinking is it can track higher if he gives max effort for an inning or two,” wrote Joe Frisaro of MLB.com."
If the Marlins deal more players in the coming weeks, it is a guarantee their 2019 Opening Day roster will look different from this season. Manager Don Mattingly could once again begin Spring Training having to learn names and faces all over again.
Miami will take a long look at its current pitching prospects to determine how the rotation and bullpen will play out. Mattingly has made three changes to the closer’s role this season and dealt with inconsistent pitching and injuries since the first week of the MLB season.
Since last year, the Marlins have made several trades that brought in 27 new players to the organization. That number is now 30, counting the three deals since July 31.