There are other pitchers on the Marlins staff besides the rotation that are potential trade chips for playoff contenders.
At some point, there will be a story written about the Miami Marlins trading away pitchers for power hitters, but until that happens, can we all enjoy the overabundance of arms the organization has at each level of development?
We have talked quite a bit about the many starters on the Major League level and how any of them could be the subject of trade talk, but as insiders have said, it is unlikely any of them will move at the MLB Trade Deadline. A team would have to overspend and knock the front office over with an offer. Unfortunately, these are still the Marlins and the trades of veteran stars from the past offseason may have taught Derek Jeter, Michael Hill, and the organization a lesson or two.
Or maybe even three.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wrote a story over the weekend that the starting pitchers on the current 25-man roster might not be the only arms that grab the attention of teams looking to add pieces for a playoff run and beyond.
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As the staff continues to show it is collectively better than anticipated, three names have surfaced, according to Frisaro, who may be on the block as the end of July approaches.
"“…Marlins relievers of potential trade interest are Austin Brice, lefty Jarlin García and [Nick] Anderson,” he explained."
The three names in question are the only ones discussed in trade talks over the last few days as Adam Conley, Tayron Guerrero, and Sergio Romo have also been part of the rumor mill that is spinning faster and faster by the day.
The answer to the question of which player (or players) finds a new home, is what will the return be for such a deal. All three of the aforementioned middle relievers have a place on this roster for the future. I have seen both Brice and Garcia in person from their time in Jacksonville when they were starters on a young Suns staff.
If the Marlins are able to win more games where the bullpen can back up solid starting pitching, then these rumors figure to heat up more. It is unclear if the front office would move more chess pieces that would force the franchise to reconfigure its approach for the 2020 season more than just the rotation.