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Fish Bites: On the Eve of the Trade Deadline

As we're moving closer to the 2014 Trade Deadline, the Marlins appear to be looking like potential big players during the next few weeks. On this edition of Fish Bites, we take a look at Miami's interest in Jim Johnson, future of Steve Cishek and Giancarlo Stanton.

Scott Cunningham

Marlins again interested in A's reliever Jim Johnson? | Fish Bytes

After failing to finalize on the deal for the Oakland reliever, the Marlins are reportedly continuing discussions with the A's to acquire Jim Johnson.

Marlins notes: Better strikeout rate, more first-pitch strikes key Morris' success - Sun Sentinel

After going through a rough patch during his time with Pittsburgh, veteran right-handed reliever Bryan Morris has definitely reached a new level since his move to Miami. Sun-Sentinel's Juan Rodriguez takes a look at the statistical improvements of Morris, while also talking to the reliever about his time with the Marlins.

Source: Marlins could risk alienating Stanton by trading Cishek | Fish Bytes

With rumors circulating surrounding Steve Cishek's uncertain future in Miami, there are now apparent rumblings that a potential deal could alienate Stanton's future with the team. Since the infamous offseason of 2012, Stanton has been vocal of his desire for a commitment to winning and franchise stability, and a potential Cishek deal could the final nail in Stanton's future with the team.

Marlins Way: Should Stanton Dictate the Marlins Roster? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Marlin Maniac's Chris Logel examines if the All-Star outfielder should dictate the moves made by the Marlins organization.

Marlins Way: Miami Marlins Huge Increase In Attendance - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

In relation to the improved play of the Marlins team during the 2014 season, Miami's rank second in the league in attendance increase over the previous season.

Around the League

A sad history of Chase Headley trade rumors -

SBNation's Grant Brisbee takes a look at the extended history of Chase Headley trade rumors that extend from the 2010 offseason to his move to the New York Yankees.

The Rays' 4-pound burger is impossible to eat -

SBN's Mark Normandin challenges the impossible task by eating a massive 4-pound burger at Tampa's Tropicana Field.

The lifespan of an ace - Beyond the Box Score

We spend a lot of time arguing about which pitchers are aces and if any of them are worth investing in long term, but how long do their reigns typically last?

Trade target struggles against Giants -

With scouts from numerous teams in attendance, Cliff Lee didn't do much to help his trade value Monday against the Giants, leaving the Phillies in an uncertain situation.

Yankees trade for Chase Headley, should stop there -

Despite myriad injuries and disappointing performances by veterans, the Yankees have hung in the AL East race. While they still have a chance to win a weak division, they need their prospects more than a shot at the title.

Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins Trade Rumors: Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn on trading block? - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins ended a six game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, but after falling under five hundred, the Marlins may be in sell mode. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports noted that Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn could be dealt if the Marlins revert to sell mode.

MLB Trade Deadline: Steve Cishek, Marlins trade asset - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins could make a necessary move this trade deadline and deal Steve Cishek, who is a fantastic reliever but who could get mighty expensive in the coming years.

Miami Marlins Minor League Report: July 20th - Fish Stripes

Austin Brice struggles, Batavia drops a pair, and Colin Moran keeps hitting.