For now, the Marlins are buyers and believe upgrading the Bullpen is the #1 priority before the trade deadline.
This appears to be questionable considering the current bullpen.
Marlins' Bullpen: ~ 4.03 ERA Matt Lindstrom: 6.52 ERA (29 IN / 21 ER)
Marlins' Bullpen Core (Meyer, Nunez, Sanches, Badenhop, Pinto, Calero): ~ 2.72 ERA
Trading or demoting Lindstrom after his DL stint may help the bullpen the most. We've already demoted the Opening Day Starter; why not Lindstrom.
No reason to think Nunez, Meyer, Calero, or even Sanches wouldn't do just as good closing as Lindstrom.
So, getting a reliever while Calero/Lindstrom are on the DL does make sense, should it be the #1 priority? What should our priority be if not the bullpen? This is my take:
Jorge Cantu: hasn't gone deep since June 3rd & has only one HR since May 7th (1 HR last 49 games / 193 AB)
Emilio Bonifacio: .292 OBP; lowest of ALL Marlins hitters except Wes Helms; though bats lead off/2nd
Dan Uggla: .222 BA; probably finishes season at .250, but for now, one can only get so many RBIs batting .222
I believe the Marlins have two trade options to remedy these problems:
1. High OBP leadoff guy - giving Hanley / Cantu more RBI opportunities
2. Big LH bat - protect Hanley, take pressure off Cantu, & help against RHP
OR Leave line up alone & rely on current team / call-ups for offense like they normally have
The front office will presumably keep payroll under a certain number and that will control the Marlins' trade options above all. Almost automatically taking Dunn ($8 mil), Pierre ($10 mil), and Holliday ($12.5 mil) out of the mix.
What do you all think?