Which Miami Marlins players will receive the most attention at the MLB Trade Deadline from playoff contenders.
For those of you expecting the Miami Marlins to trade off some of their deep pitching talents in the minors, you might want to hold off celebrating too soon.
Marlins will certainly be a team looking to make a deal at the MLB trade deadline, but I don’t think it will involve any of the major players of a very deep line of pitching – either on the Major League level or at any stop in their minor league system.
Miami did the right thing in focusing on acquiring young arms last offseason while shipping big-name talent to a playoff contending teams.
If not for the Christian Yelich deal, we would not have witnessed Jordan Yamamoto‘s performance on Wednesday. If not for Marcell Ozuna winding up in St. Louis, we may not have known how good Zach Gallen could be.
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The front office had a game plan and has stuck to it. For all of the hard work, I doubt they would make such a hasty decision to part ways with any of the starters in the current rotation or their top-ranked prospects for the future.
There plenty of young arms who are still developing at the Single-A (Clinton and Jupiter) and Double-A (in Jacksonville) level. Yamamoto bypassed Triple-A New Orleans from the Jumbo Shrimp in Jacksonville on his way to his first start in the Majors.
But if these players are to stay within the organization, which players on the Major-League-level will find new homes by the MLB trade deadline?
I believe it’s going to start with closer Sergio Romo. The veteran brought in right before Spring Training should gain attention from several playoff-hungry teams.
Since Romo has only blown one save opportunity this season, his value to the Marlins becomes that much greater, which would also raise his stock in trade value.
Adam Conley should be a name to watch.
The reliever was expected to be a major part of the bullpen, competing for the closer. He still has value as a left-hander, but his consistency has come into question. If he is able to re-boot towards the end of the first half of the season and shows that he can find balance on the mound before the trade deadline, at least one or more teams may inquire about taking a chance on making him a long reliever.
Conley has experience as a starter, which makes him more attractive to teams looking to find pitchers who can fill multiple roles.
Starlin Castro is a valuable commodity to the organization, but his contract is an albatross.
The Marlins want to unload the remainder of his deal so they can move forward with Isan Diaz assuming the role at second base. Castro’s numbers aren’t great this season, but he would provide a solid veteran bat to a playoff contender.
I would not be surprised if he wound up with the Yankees once again.