MIAMI -- The Marlins still believe in their core. Despite trading Steve Cishek, Dan Haren, Michael Mose, Mat Latos, and Sam Dyson prior to Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Marlins believe their core can still produce consistently.
"It’s the right core," Manager Dan Jennings said. "We’re very encouraged and feel very confident this is the right core to move this organization and this ball club to the next level."
Other takeaways from Friday:
-- Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill hopes he never has to trade players away in July again: "When you have to trade pieces away instead of add pieces at this time of year, it’s because something has not gone according to plan. It’s not anything I ever want to do again."
-- Miami had a notable amount of starting pitching depth to open the season. However, with Henderson Alvarez out following shoulder surgery and Jarred Cosart sidelined as a result of vertigo, the Marlins will have to rely on their minor league depth: "Some of these guys are going to come back and they’ll get the ball the remainder of the year. It will be a great opportunity for them," Jennings said.
-- Jose Urena, who was recalled on Friday, is expected to take Mat Latos’ spot in the rotation: "He didn’t really do anything to pitch his way out of the rotation. It was just a case where we were getting a healthy Latos back," Jennings said.
-- Tomas Telis, acquired in the Sam Dyson deal with the Rangers, is batting .291 in Triple-A this season. He will give the Marlins a third catching option: "Telis will come here and give us something we haven’t had in a while and that’s a third catcher," Jennings added.
-- Miami will send several evaluators to New Orelans to watch Marcell Ozuna, who is batting .320 and has posted four home runs since being optioned: "Guys are going down to new Orleans to take a look at him. They’ll get back to us with what they see and then go from there," Jennings said.
-- Carter Capps was reportedly drawing interest from as many as 12 clubs leading up to Friday's deadline, but Hill said the Marlins did not consider moving him: "This time of year when you’re underperforming as a club and you’re 18 games under five hundred, you get a lot of people who come for your players. They are trying to add to their playoff push. We still very believe in our core and want to keep this core in tact.”