Miami headed to San Diego looking for a first baseman and veteran starter, and although it only came away with one of two, added key pieces that should help the team compete starting in 2015.
Dee Gordon, Dan Haren sent to Miami for Andrew Heaney and prospects
The Marlins were fairly quiet until it was made clear that the club had a significant amount of interest in Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon. Los Angeles had publicly said Gordon would not be traded, however the organization likely had difficulty turning down a deal that included Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney.
Although they were unsure about the status of Donovan Solano, Derek Dietrich, and Enrique Hernandez, the Marlins felt it was necessary to upgrade at second base. By trading for Gordon, who has a career .314 on-base percentage, the Marlins added speed to the top of the lineup. Gordon will likely leadoff, with Yelich hitting behind him.
Haren may not pitch in a Marlins uniform in 2015 and could opt to retire, however while the Marlins would likely benefit from his presence in the rotation, Haren's contract is being paid for by the Dodgers.
Miami said it was willing to part with top prospects in order to add established major league players, and losing Heaney is significant. The Marlins want to win now, though, and as a result, had to part with prospects.
Anthony DeSclafani sent to Reds for Mat Latos
While the deal for a second baseman was not atop the Marlins' list of priorities, adding a veteran starter was. The Marlins were unsuccessful until the conclusion of the meetings, but added a front of the rotation starter that should keep Miami competitive before and after Jose Fernandez returns.
Latos is a South Florida product, and although he has been plagued by injuries at times, was added at a low price. Anthony DeSclafani could become a part of Cincinnati's rotation moving forward, but did not have a ton of success when he received an opportunity to start with the Marlins.
Losing Chad Wallach, an emerging catching prospect, could prove to be significant, but the club rightfully added a starter, solidifying its starting rotation.
Dan Jennings traded to White Sox for Andre Rienzo
The Marlins, after adding Aaron Crow, weren't necessarily looking for bullpen help. But the White Sox expressed interest in the left-handed Jennings, and as a result, the Marlins acquired a right-handed relief option who could become a key bullpen piece if some adjustments are made.
Andrew McKirahan added in Rule 5 Draft
Miami may have felt the urge to move Jennings after taking McKirahan, who could turn into a solid left-handed relief option.
First baseman conversations stall
Miami lost out on Brandon Moss early, but was linked to a handful of first baseman throughout the week. The Marlins reportedly had a lot of interest in Justin Morneau, although the Marlins and Rockies couldn't get a deal worked out.
Michael Morse remains an option for the Marlins, as does Pedro Alvarez. Mark Trumbo could also be a possibility. Despite the fact that they didn't leave the meetings with a first baseman, discussions that could lead to adding one might be sufficient for the Marlins, who are looking to build around Giancarlo Stanton.
Few updates on extension talks
President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill was confident the Marlins would be able to continue discussing extensions with Jose Fernandez, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Adeiny Hechavarria in San Diego, but the club likely shifted its attention to improving the roster first.