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Miami Marlins trade rumors: Club seeking pitching depth

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The Marlins still want depth moving forward.

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After topping the Pirates on Thursday night, the Marlins sit four games above five-hundred and third place in the National League East.

Since the Marlins haven't had much success in May the last few seasons, it's a position the club is not used to being in. If the Marlins are interested in buying before the non-waiver trade deadline, they will continue to pursue pitching depth, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

The Marlins will seek to improve pitching depth in any deal, as their better young arms are a few years away.

Miami's rotation has performed well to this point, with Jose Fernandez and Wei-Yin Chen anchoring the front end of the staff. Adam Conley, Justin Nicolino and Tom Koehler have pitched well, and the bullpen has consistently been among the top-ten in the National League (in terms of ERA).

The Marlins have Jarred Cosart and Jose Urena in Triple-A New Orleans, and both are capable of starting or making relief appearances. But Cosart has pitched to a 4.08 ERA over 35.1 innings in Triple-A and might not be an upgrade at this point.

Heyman notes the Astros didn't mind trading him because of his mentality.

Jarred Cosart has a million-dollar arm but needs to improve his thought process. This is why the Astros gave up on him so quickly. He’s now in the minors.

When they have been competitive before the deadline in past years, the Marlins have pursued pitching depth. Therefore, it's not surprising the team is actively trying to add pitching.

Miami was reportedly scouting Drew Storen and could seek relief help before upgrading the starting rotation. A.J. Ramos hasn't blown a save this season and Mike Dunn's return gives the Marlins a left-handed option. But with Bryan Morris on the disabled list, they could desire a right-handed setup man.

It doesn't appear the Marlins are close to adding depth and they don't have many pieces to move. But if they remain competitive, pitching depth remains on the club's wish-list.