The Miami Marlins figure to make headlines for trading players away rather than acquiring them as they did last season in the winter meetings. Still, the Marlins may be in the fray for some of the three days in Nashville.
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The Miami Marlins are pursuing a third baseman following the trade of Yunel Escobar during the winter meetings. The reason for the move revolves around the "change of heart" regarding Escobar's desire to not move to third base.
With the Miami Marlins trading Yunel Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays, their focus now shifts to trying to fill the third base position vacated by the move. The team is interested in players like Mark Reynolds, Ian Stewart, and Juan Francisco.
The Miami Marlins finished up the second day of the winter meetings with a lot more buzz surrounding their possible trade assets in Yunel Escobar and Ricky Nolasco than their possible acquisitions such as Mark Reynolds.
The Miami Marlins completed a trade sending Yunel Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays. The return of middle infield prospect Derek Dietrich is decent, if not underwhelming given Escobar's trade value and rebound season potential.
The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly close to completing a deal that would send current Marlins third baseman Yunel Escobar to the Rays to fill their shortstop hole in return for a package including prospect Derek Dietrich.
Once the Miami Marlins made it clear that they are interested in trading Yunel Escobar before he plays a single game as a Marlin, four teams have expressed interest, including the Oakland Athletics, who are currently in negotiations with the Fish.
The Miami Marlins finished a relatively uneventful first day of the winter meetings, but it does not mean that there was not any news to discuss on the Fish front regarding Giancarlo Stanton's status, the Marlins' interest in trades and free agents.
The Miami Marlins are heading into this year's winter meetings with a distinctly different vibe as compared to last year. Whereas last year they were the talk of the town, this season they will be relegated to the fringes of event.