The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Marlins are expected to be active. Here are five trade candidates listed in the order they can be dealt:
1. Mat Latos
Latos, 27, has posted a 4.48 ERA and 3.34 FIP over 88.1 innings. He has already spent time on the disabled list but has had a notable amount of success since returning. The Marlins acquired Latos from the Reds to add a veteran arm to the middle of their rotation. However, Miami has a notable amount of starting pitching depth and Latos is set to become a free agent at the end of the year.
The Cubs, Yankees, and Blue Jays have all been linked to Latos, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, and the Marlins might not receive much in return. But the Marlins have young arms (Justin Nicolino, Adam Conley) that could be major league ready and receive an opportunity if Latos is traded.
2. Michael Morse
Miami signed Morse to a two-year deal to serve as its starting first baseman. However, Justin Bour has had success and the Marlins have been forced to find playing time for the veteran power hitter.
Through 52 games with the Marlins, Morse has posted a .213/.277/.314 batting line to complement four home runs and 12 RBIs. The Giants have reportedly expressed interest in Morse and he could become the second available Marlin to be dealt. Bour has proven he can play first base consistently and when Giancarlo Stanton returns the Marlins will not have a position for Morse to play.
3. Dan Haren
Although the Marlins are likely not in a hurry to move Haren, he could be a valuable addition to a contending club's rotation. He has pitched to a 3.51 ERA and 4.55 FIP over 123.0 innings this season and has proven to be a durable option within the Marlins' rotation.
Los Angeles is paying Haren's 2015 salary and as a result the Marlins might be comfortable not moving him even though he will be a free agent at the end of the year. If the deal is right, Haren could be dealt quickly. But the Marlins could also opt to hold onto Haren for the remainder of the season.
4. Martin Prado
Frisaro adds it would take a lot for the Marlins to move Prado, but a club might get desperate in the hours leading up to the deadline. Once Ben Zobrist gets dealt, Prado could prove to be the next best available option. He is batting .273/.312/.369 to complement four home runs and 26 RBIs and can also play in the outfield.
The Marlins might have to be overwhelmed to move Prado. They do not have a notable amount of third base depth however Casey McGehee can play third base for the rest of the season if Prado is traded.
5. Derek Dietrich
Although his name has only recently been mentioned in trade rumors, Dietrich might have the most value of all of the Marlins' available players. He is batting .291/.378/.557 through 34 games with the Marlins this season and his left-handed bat could continue to be productive moving forward.
Dietrich can also play second and third base and his versatility and years of control remaining likely make him a piece to watch.