At 27-37, the Miami Marlins may not be in a position to buy come the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. But if the club inches closer to five hundred, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins may look to deal a starter in the coming weeks.
Mat Latos was recently activated from the disabled list and Jarred Cosart may not be far behind. The Marlins will rely on both to pitch well until Jose Fernandez returns, however when Fernandez is healthy, Miami will have decisions to make with regard to its starting rotation.
Latos and Dan Haren may be the names most frequently linked to teams who are in pursuit of starting pitching. Before he went down, Latos had difficulty throwing strikes consistently and pitched to a 5.44 ERA and 3.08 FIP. However, he tossed seven innings and only allowed one run in his last start against the Rockies and will likely become more valuable if he strings together a few consecutive quality outings. Similarly, Haren turned in a quality start on Sunday afternoon and has pitched to a 3.12 ERA and 4.24 FIP over 75.0 innings. Since Haren and Latos have the most notable amount of experience, if they prove to be healthy and effective, they may draw a notable amount of interest.
While trading a starter or two remains a possibility, the Marlins can opt to option a pair of arms which can become valuable towards the end of the season. Jose Urena and Tom Koehler have remaining options, and if neither can be slotted into the bullpen, both can give the club valuable depth as the season progresses.
Beyond Urena and Kendrys Flores, the Marlins do not have a notable amount of pitching depth. As a result, the organization may ask for upper tier prospects in exchange for a veteran starter. The Marlins could consider requesting a bullpen arm, but if the club is close to contending, an additional bat may prove to be beneficial.
Ultimately, the Marlins do not want to rush Fernandez back and as a result may not opt to make a move soon. Trading major league pitching remains a possibility but Miami likely is not in a rush to do so.