Miami is fond of Derek Dietrich but he might be dealt soon. Although he has not consistently been mentioned in trade rumors, Dietrich is drawing a notable amount of interest from teams who view him as a second or third baseman, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Dietrich, 26, was acquired by the Marlins in the deal that sent Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay. The Marlins viewed him as a potential starting second baseman when he was added, however defensive struggles and inconsistent production have led the Marlins to consider other alternatives. Miami traded for Dee Gordon to play second base and have Martin Prado to play at third.
Over 49 games in 2014, Dietrich has posted a .228/.326/.386 batting line to complement five home runs and 17 RBIs. He has had a bit more success since being recalled from Triple-A in 2015, posting a .301/.378/.548 line in addition to four home runs and six RBIs over 32 games. He has not seen consistent starting time but has proven to be a valuable left-handed bat on Miami's bench.
Miami already made one major deal, sending Steve Cishek to the Cardinals in exchange for minor league closer Kyle Barraclough. Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Martin Prado, Mike Dunn, and Michael Morse have all been mentioned in trade rumors, but Dietrich's age and potential from the left side of the plate likely make him valuable.
If the Marlins opt to move Martin Prado before the deadline, Dietrich might see more playing time at third base. And if the Marlins trade Dietrich, it might be an indication Prado will remain with the Marlins heading into next season.
Rosenthal adds the Marlins are only willing to move Dietrich if the price is right. If the return is not ideal, the Marlins will likely hold onto Dietrich moving forward.