Miami won’t move any players on its major league roster to add pitching depth this summer, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna are reportedly drawing interest, but the Marlins are unlikely to part with any of their outfielders.
The Marlins are drawing trade inquiries on outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, but remain adamant that they will not trade players from their major-league roster to upgrade their starting pitching, sources say.
Owner Jeffrey Loria is expected to be open to adding payroll if the Marlins remain in contention, which to this point the club has done. At 37-33, Miami has positioned itself to compete for a wild card spot.
Since both are having productive seasons, Ozuna and Yelich will likely continue to draw interest. However, as the Marlins seek starting and relief pitching, they might be forced to part with the little minor league depth they have.
Justin Nicolino and Jarred Cosart, both currently in Triple-A New Orleans, could be trade chips, though neither has had much success this season.
Ozuna has had a productive season to this point, batting .322/.374/.567 to complement 15 home runs and 43 RBIs. Yelich has been effective, too, hitting .317 in addition to six home runs and 35 RBIs.
In order to add the sought players without parting with top minor league prospects—and the Marlins don’t have many—Miami might be forced to pay a large portion of any acquired players’ contracts.
As of Monday night, the Marlins were searching for both starting and relief pitching and have been linked to Rays starter Jake Odorizzi. However, it might take a lot to acquire Odorizzi, a comparably affordable starting option.
The Marlins will almost certainly be in a position to add to their roster. But they won’t be parting with any major league players to do it.