Now that the Marlins have traded away their closer, who is the next player to leave South Florida?
It’s safe to say that the trade involving Sergio Romo was expected. While I wasn’t sure which team would acquire the veteran reliever, the Marlins did well in receiving a top minor league prospect in return for his services.
As the MLB trade deadline approaches, with two days left of wheeling and dealing, which is the next chess piece this organization will move?
The closer the front office gets till Wednesday, the more I believe nothing is going to happen. I’m not trying to be pessimistic, but we’ve talked about the Marlins keeping players with controllable contracts and letting go veterans who don’t figure in the franchise’s plans for next season and beyond. Looking at who is available, are there teams that are willing to give up prospects in return for “average“ veterans who may make a small dent in a playoff run?
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I am starting to agree with Joe Frisaro who believes Starlin Castro may remain on this roster until the end of the year. I’m also of the opinion that the outstanding season Isan Diaz is enjoying at AAA New Orleans is a tease toward the future, but Miami may be more willing to allow him to develop more in the minors before he’s called up in September. That’s not to say that he won’t get the majority of playing time once he makes the big leagues.
I am interested in seeing what happens to Miami’s bullpen. Will a contender like Boston or a rival like the Nationals try and make a deal for somebody like Nick Anderson or Jarlin Garcia or even Tayron Guerrero?
All of the depth in the minors allows this organization many more options and they had before. There’s a reason why Miami is now ranked 10th in the minors in terms of talent in their system.
There are more than 48 hours left in this dance which 30 major-league teams are participating in. Big-name players figure to be moved to contenders which could change the course of divisional play. The Marlins, although one of the worst teams in baseball based on their record, could be one of the more popular teams this week. Who moves and who stays could determine playoff seeding.
All this means is Miami will become heavily involved in a playoff picture, even if there is no way they will be playing in the post-season in 2019.