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Miami Marlins Trade Rumors: AJ Ramos and David Phelps being targeted

After trading Hech, who else is on the trading block?

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According to Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan, multiple teams are targeting pitchers AJ Ramos and David Phelps.

After flipping Adeiny Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this week, the Marlins are obviously still looking to clear some cap space. Ramos hasn’t necessarily been consistent this season with a 3.49 ERA and 13 saves, but he has come in and shown some clutch performances, only blowing his first save of the season back on June 17th.

The 2017 Phelps is a very different player than the 2016 Phelps. In 2016, his ERA was at 2.28, he garnered five saves and he was worth almost 2 fWAR as a swingman. Over 38 innings pitched so far this season, he has an ERA at 3.55 and no saves through five opportunities, striking people out less and giving up more HR/9.

Both players are under team control in 2018, but they could receive more money via arbitration. Passan mentions in his article that the Marlins would be wise to wait as the market further develops toward the July 31st trading deadline (and their true place in the standings is clarified). Kyle Barraclough is likely next in line to close if any deal goes through.