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.
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.
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.