It’s the same old song when it comes to the Miami Marlins and trade rumors.
When talking about the Miami Marlins and the possibility of breaking apart their current roster, it appears that the same names continue being volleyed about as potential trade chips.
It appears that the Marlins would be willing to listen to trade offers involving veteran bats that more than likely will not be part of this team’s nucleus next season. It’s an ongoing story that many MLB outlets have covered. The staff here at Marlin Maniac continues to follow any rumors and news involving the Marlins parent club and their minor-league organization.
And his most recent story on MLB.com, Matthew Leach once again opens the door to a possibility of at least four of the team’s veterans wearing new uniforms by the end of the month.
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It appears Sergio Romo, Curtis Granderson, Starlin Castro, and Neil Walker have all been named as players of interest – veterans who could aid a playoff-contending team in their quest for the postseason. Romo appears to be the one receiving the most attention. The reliever who has become Miami’s closer signed a one-year deal prior to spring training and has served the team well as the bullpen has ridden a rocky roller coaster for the majority of the season. He is almost certain to be playing somewhere else.
Walker is a veteran leader who could become a role player off the bench for a team that needs versatility. He could also be that same player for an American League team who needs a designated hitter.
Granderson hasn’t played well of late but still possesses the ability to get a clutch hit when needed. He won’t be here in Miami next year, and the Marlins should look to at least recoup a prospect for his services.
Castro might be the wildcard here. We’ve talked about his $11-million salary this year and the $16 million he is owed from the organization next season. The second baseman has hit the ball better of late, but his numbers are down from last season. I predicted earlier in the month that he would be playing in the Yankees uniform by the end of the year.
I’m going to hold out hope that my prediction is correct. But any team that decides to take him aboard, will also need to take on his salary.