Miami Marlins Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction
The Miami Marlins have been the surprise of the first half of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, and should they stay in contention throughout July, they could be players at the trade deadline.
Marlins Park has been extremely kind to the team this season. For whatever reason, they are extremely tough at home but have struggled to win on the road.
It's tough to figure out whether or not the team is for real this year. It has certainly held its own, thanks to possible National League Most Valuable Player award candidate Giancarlo Stanton. However, it's still been a surprise that the Marlins have been able to hang around after losing Jose Fernandez in early May.
Miami is statistically an average team both on offense and on the mound. At some point, the front office will have to figure out if this squad is good enough for the playoffs this season or if it needs some help. Depending on where the club sits in the standings in the middle of July, it could be either a buyer or a seller at the deadline.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Marlins are involved in or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.
July 31: Acquired Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros
The Miami Marlins were finally able to acquire a starting pitcher before the trade deadline. According to The Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez, Miami acquired right-hander Jarred Cosart, utility man Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates from the Houston Astros in exchange for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes and a draft pick.
Cosart is in his first full season in the majors. He debuted last season but made only 10 starts.
He was 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts with the Astros this season. The right-hander has struggled with control a bit since coming up to the majors. He had 75 strikeouts to 51 walks in 116.1 innings in 2014, and that comes a year after he had 35 walks to only 35 strikeouts in 60 innings.
The 24-year-old is averaging fewer than six innings per start this season, which can be explained by his control problems.
With Jose Fernandez out, Miami needed to acquire a starting pitcher in order to try to stay in contention.
Cosart is under club control through the 2019 season, so this deal not only makes sense for right now, but the Marlins are hoping that it will be a good deal down the road as well.
Potential Trade Target: OF Chris Denorfia, San Diego Padres
The Miami Marlins are interested in Chris Denorfia, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Denorfia is hitting .242 with one home run, 16 doubles and three triples this season. He doesn't have much pop in his bat, and Petco Park certainly doesn't help him at all. He hit 10 home runs last season, which was a career high.
Denorfia is making only $2.25 million this season, so he's an affordable rental player who can help fill a hole in the outfield for any team wanting to make a postseason push.
Potential Trade Target: John Danks, LHP Chicago White Sox
Danks is 9-6 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.389 WHIP in 21 starts this season.
The southpaw had a rough rookie season in 2007, but he quickly turned things around in the next season. From 2008-11, it looked like he was one of the games best young pitchers. He won at least 12 games, threw at least 195 innings and posted an ERA below 3.80 in each of those seasons.
Danks is under contract through the 2016 season, which is something that Miami is looking for. However, he won't come cheap. He is due $14.25 million in each of the next two seasons.
Potential Trade Target: RHP Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres
Kennedy is 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.219 WHIP through 22 starts this season.
There is plenty of potential in the right-hander. As an Arizona Diamondback, he won 21 games and posted a 2.88 ERA in 2011 and won 15 more games in 2012.
The Padres haven't made it known if they are planning on trading him or not. He is under club control through the 2015 season, so there is no rush to deal him at this year's deadline.
Marlins Looking at Acquiring John Lackey
Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP in 21 starts this season. Away from Fenway Park this season, the right-hander is 6-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 starts.
After getting off to a rough start in Boston and having to undergo Tommy John surgery, Lackey has turned things around the past two seasons. He posted a 3.52 ERA last season and has posted a similar number this year.
The 35-year-old fits what the Marlins need. He would give them a veteran presence that has won a World Series. Not only that, but because he missed significant time with an injury, he now has a $500,000 team option for the 2015 season.
Miami is looking for a starting pitcher who is under control beyond this season, which makes Lackey a logical fit.
Marlins Not Planning on Fire Sale at Deadline
A recent hot surge means that the Miami Marlins won't be huge sellers at the deadline, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
At 52-53, the Marlins sit only six games back in the National League East and 4.5 games back in the NL Wild Card race. Miami has jumped back in the race, thanks to an 8-2 record over its last 10 games.
The hot streak has given the team some hope, so don't expect Miami to do much selling at the deadline.
Fish Seeking Starting Pitching Help
The Miami Marlins have surprised a lot of people by staying in contention throughout the first half of the season, and with the way the National League East is shaping up, the team may look at adding an arm to make a run at the division.
Update: July 19 at 8 a.m. ET
The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer wrote that the Marlins would like to add a starting pitcher that they could control past this season. Oakland's Tommy Milone, San Diego's Ian Kennedy and Arizona's Wade Miley are all pitchers who Spencer wrote could be of interest to the team.
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The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reported that if the team does make an aggressive move in July, it will likely be for a starting pitcher. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings talked to Spencer about the team's biggest need: “Our starting pitching needs to step up a notch,” Jennings said.
Jennings did say that the team "loves" rookie starters Andrew Heaney and Anthony DeSclafani, but if the team is going to make a run at the playoffs, it may need more proven starters.
“I mean, we love ‘em as prospects,” Jennings said. “How are they going to be as big-league producers? Time will tell. So that would be, potentially, where you would have to look.”
Miami's record may not make the team appear to be a contender, but acquiring a starting pitcher could change things in a hurry. After all, this is a team playing without one of the best pitchers in baseball (Jose Fernandez). Even without the phenom, the team has been able to stay in contention.
Should the Marlins stay in the NL East race, they could be in the market for a starting pitcher.
Marlins Reportedly Not Interested in Trading Casey McGehee
Casey McGehee has been a pleasant surprise for Miami this season. He has been good enough that the team sees him as part of its future, not as a trade chip.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman had reported that McGehee had drawn interest around the league, including from the Seattle Mariners. However, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported that the Marlins are not shopping the third baseman.
McGehee is making $1.1 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for a third time this winter. The team could possibly explore an extension for the veteran as well.
McGehee has a slash line of .318/.387/.395 and has two home runs and 21 doubles this season.
Is RHP Steve Cishek on the Trading Block?
It's still not clear as to whether the Marlins will sell at the deadline, but if they do, it doesn't look like Steve Cishek will be going anywhere.
MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported that the Marlins have told other teams that Cishek is not available.
The right-hander is 4-5 with 21 saves and a 3.57 ERA this season. He has racked up 55 saves since the beginning of the 2013 season.
One possible reason that Cishek is reportedly not available could be that the team does not want to hurt its chances of signing Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal. The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reported that a source believes that trading Cishek would send the wrong message to Stanton.
Here's what the source had to say on the matter: "I don't think there's much chance Stanton ends up staying (long-term) with the Marlins, anyway. But if they do move Cishek, what's that telling him (Stanton)? If they traded Cishek, they could pretty much kiss him (Stanton) goodbye."
Cishek is making $3.8 million this year and is under club control for three more seasons after 2014. He is not set to hit free agency until 2018.