Miami Marlins remain open to trading for starting pitcher

Rob Foldy

After promoting Andrew Heaney and Anthony DeSclafani, the Miami Marlins will remain open to trading for a starter if the rotation continues to struggle. Alex Cobb, Jason Hammel, and Ian Kennedy may all be possibilities.

After shuffling the starting rotation earlier in the week, both Anthony DeSclafani and top pitching propsect Andrew Heaney have gained major league exposure. But if the Marlins' rotation continues to struggle, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins may explore the options available through a trade.

Plan A was promoting from within for rotation help. If necessary, Plan B will be exploring trades.

The Marlins are open to dealing for a starting pitcher before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The club just isn’t at the point right now where they are seriously narrowing down possibilities on the market.

On Monday, the organization pulled the trigger on promoting two of their best in-house candidates, prospects Andrew Heaney and Anthony DeSclafani.

No team has yet to run away with the lead in the National League East standings, and because the Marlins have been near the top for most of the season, making a move or two may be necessary. It was already noted by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal last week that the Marlins could be buyers come the July 31 trading deadline.

DeSclafani pitched well in his return to the major leagues facing the Cubs, and the Marlins will evaluate Heaney moving forward.

Kevin Gregg and Bryan Morris are expected to improve the Marlins' bullpen, and with the success of Steve Cishek in the ninth, the Marlins may have diverted their attention to the rotation, and rightfully so.

After losing Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi has had difficulty in his last two starts against the Pirates and Cubs, respectively. His wife's pregnancy may have been a distraction, notably because of the quality starts he posted prior to the two shortened outings.

Henderson Alvarez has been Miami's most consistent starter since Alvarez went down, and Jacob Turner's transition to the bullpen may indirectly benefit the rotation. Tom Koehler has been troubled by the sixth inning, but is a flexible option moving forward.

If the Marlins are looking to explore a trade for a starter, Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy, and Jorge De La Rosa may all be options. Miami has also been linked to Alex Cobb of the Rays because of his contract status and years he would be under club control.

With so many teams in striking distance of at least the second Wild Card, there are a limited number of potential sellers.

One match for Miami could be Tampa Bay, and not necessarily for David Price.

Again, the Marlins are waiting and seeing how Heaney and DeSclafani change the landscape in Miami. No deals are expected until July. But a potential wish list candidate could be Alex Cobb.

If Miami is prepared to move big league ready talent, they’d want a starter with controllable years.

The Marlins don’t have any desire to move Heaney, DeSclafani or Justin Nicolino, the talented lefty right now in Jacksonville.

Losing a prospect or two to improve the rotation may not be necessary now, but if the rotation continues to be inconsistent taxing the bullpen on a nightly basis, a deal or two may be worthwhile.

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