About three months from the non-waiver trade deadline, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman ranks the Marlins 16th on his list of potential sellers.
They went all in this year, or as all in as they could afford to go. So a selloff now, while they are trying to sell the entire team and before the All-Star Game, seems highly improbable, even if the team begins to dip. “They’re going for it,” one rival says, with confidence. But if the team fades after the All-Star Game and contention becomes impossible, Edinson Volquez, David Phelps and Brad Ziegler could be of interest.
The Marlins, noting their window of opportunity to compete might be closing in the near future, indeed invested more resources than usual in an attempt to field a competitive team this season. The club added several relievers and marginally upgraded its starting rotation in an attempt to compete within the National League East.
While the Marlins haven’t notably well of late, the first month of the season didn’t treat them poorly, either. At this point, Miami has too talented a core to even consider selling major league pieces.
If the Marlins begin to slip in the division and wild card standings, they have several appealing pieces to move. They might not hesitate given the state of their farm system.
The team seems to be in the midst of an ownership change, so a complete overhaul seems unlikely. Still, it will be something to monitor as the summer approaches.