The Trade Deadline is coming and the Miami Marlins need to do something. It's important to remember Bruce Sherman's promise, and see if he was actually serious. MLB.com has an idea on what The Fish should do. Put it simply, The Fish need to make a statement and show that the team is for real. That means getting a right-handed relief pitcher and a middle of the order bat. At least according to MLB.com. So what would be perfect?
The Miami Marlins can have a "perfect" Trade Deadline.
Obviously if the Miami Marlins want to have a truly memorable Trade Deadline, it means making a big splash. If the San Diego Padres finally commit to selling, this means acquiring LF Juan Soto. If the Los Angeles Angels decide to sell, this means acquiring SP/DH Shohei Ohtani. This might also mean selling off the farm, which I'm not that big a fan of.
Of course The Fish don't need to go all out to improve the team. How about improving the bullpen? The bullpen blew a lot of close games recently, so it makes a lot of sense to get some good arms. How about Keynan Middleton from the Chicago White Sox? What about Trevor May from the Oakland Athletics? Both are free agents at the end of the season who shouldn't cost much to acquire. Middleton currently has a 3.41 ERA/4.01 FIP with 11.5 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. May has a 2.16 ERA ove rthe last month.
Bullpen help should be a major priority for the Miami Marlins. What about the lineup? Putting aside dream acquisitions of Juan Soto and Shohei Ohtani, could a lesser bat suffice? What about St. Louis Cardinals SS Paul DeJong? They're actually planning to trade him, so he's getting moved somewhere. He should be very cheap, and brings pop. He already has 13 home runs in 259 AB this season. He won't hit much for average, but The Fish could use another power bat. I wrote more in-depth about it before. There's also rumored target Washington Nationals third baseman Jeimer Candelario.
So what's a perfect Trade Deadline? How about a realistic one? Aa couple of solid relief pitchers, DeJong and Candelario?