With the plethora of young pitching arms, the Marlins will listen to offers for Caleb Smith, but the team has no intention of trading him.
The Miami Marlins should listen to all offers made between now and the MLB trade deadline, but I would be surprised if a deal is worked out involving any of the young arms on the parent roster or within the minor league system. That includes Caleb Smith.
The notion of trading Smith or any of these talented players comes with the territory. The Marlins front office is doing what it said it planned out to do last offseason – stockpiling talented pitchers for the future to build a foundation. Now, with the riches Miami is enjoying, other organizations are potentially looking to cash in on the Marlins good fortunes.
Per Steve Adams of mlbtraderumors.com, there is no truth to the notion the Marlins would seek a deal for the lefty who started the season 3-0. Smith is currently 3-4 this season and working through a hip injury that placed him on the 10-day I.L. There is no timetable on his return.
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What was thought to be the team’s strength going into the 2019 season has remained so with addition from subtraction.
"“It still seems quite likely that teams will at least ask about Smith, 27, in the weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. He’s currently on the 10-day IL due to some inflammation in his hip, but there’s no indication to this point that the injury is especially serious,” Adams wrote. “Smith is controllable for four years beyond the 2019 campaign, which would hold enormous value to another club, particularly given how well he’s thrown when healthy.”"
Smith has been working on a pitching program to get himself return for his MLB debut. He is expected to have one start in the minors or more before he is brought back. Yamamoto has taken his spot in the rotation and won the first three starts of his career in historical fashion.
"Miami swept the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend. Per MLB.com, “The three-game triumph in Philadelphia marked the third sweep of the season for the Marlins, a team that did not sweep a single series in 2018.”"
The Marlins are also keeping tabs on Pablo Lopez, who suffered a right shoulder strain that has required rest, not surgery as it might have been feared. There is no need to fast-track his return, either.
"“Lopez, thus far, has avoided the 60-day IL, but he will not be rushed back. He’s expected to miss a bit of time, even though the club feels his strain is mild,” Joe Frisaro writes. “Smith also won’t be rushed, so Yamamoto and Gallen, and [Elieser] Hernandez, are expected to be around at least for another start or two. Barring any setbacks, Smith will be the back, perhaps by the end of the month, or early July.”"
Smith, despite the losses he has suffered from lately, is still impressing the Marlins and the opposition. He has pitched 66 innings this year and has a 3.41 ERA with 11.2 K/9 against 2.7 BB/9.