The Miami Marlins made a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays a few days ago, but it seems the team has not yet completed its trading frenzy. The Marlins are also shopping first baseman Logan Morrison and starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco in addition to the major deal, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.
Several GMs expect #Marlins to trade Ricky Nolasco. Marlins also shopping Logan Morrison— Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) November 14, 2012
These potential moves are neither surprising nor are they unwanted, unlike the Toronto deal that was a good deal of both. With the Marlins clearly in fire sale mode now, trading Nolasco is a given no matter what the team takes back in return. In fact, most Marlins fans had to be disappointed Nolasco was not included in the Blue Jays trade given how poorly he has pitched in the last three seasons. Yes, he still has the capability of potentially living up to his peripherals, but the odds of doing that at his age are beginning to get extremely thin.
Suitors for Nolasco's services on a one-year, $11.5 million deal include the New York Yankees according to Erik Boland of Newsday and the Colorado Rockies according to Troy Renck of the Denver Times. If either of these teams are willing to eat the remainder of Nolasco's salary for anything, the Marlins would be more than happy to oblige. If they are willing to give up a low-level decent prospect for the Marlins to eat the salary, the Fish should jump at the opportunity.
As for Morrison, it is an interesting situation in that Morrison, like Giancarlo Stanton, has one season of pre-arbitration remaining before he becomes an arbitration-eligible player. If the Marlins had to pick the right time to make a move like this, it would have to be now, as Morrison holds his best value with more cheap years remaining. At this rate, expecting a larger-than-projected bounce back may be a hazardous guess, and if the Marlins feel that Morrison is not going to be a part of their long-term plans at first base, it does not hurt to find whatever value they can get from him as well. At this rate, the team should easily get something more than they received for Gaby Sanchez, who had a worse collapse year but does not have the lingering injury problems.
If either player was traded tomorrow, I do not believe Marlins fans would significantly miss anything about them. The worse loss would likely be a combination of Morrison's potential for a better year without the rigors of outfield play and his occasionally hilarious Twitter account. If the team is going to be true extreme sellers, it might as well go "all out" in the effort.