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The trade deadline passed on Monday at 4 pm and the Marlins didn’t make any moves. There were a number of teams interested in Dan Straily who is under club control for three years and Dee Gordon who’s having a bounce back year at the plate.
Last season, the Marlins were very much buyers at the deadline, making an ill-advised trade by giving up Josh Naylor (their top-hitting prospect at the time) for a not-so-good Andrew Cashner and trading Chris Paddack who was pitching well in the minors for Fernando Rodney and his 5.89 era. Miami fans everywhere may grow to regret that trade if Josh Naylor pans out like the Fish had hoped when they drafted him.
This season Miami should’ve pulled the trigger on Dan Straily and acquire a couple of top prospects from whichever team was offering the best package for his services. Maybe that would’ve made up for dropping the ball on Luis Castillo for Dan Straily, which has worked out better for Cincinnati thus far.
Miami did make three trades to bolster their minor league system in the last two months getting rid of Adeiny Hechavarria, David Phelps, and all star closer AJ Ramos. With a 51-55 record the Marlins are a middle of the pack team, too far back in the National League East and the Wild Card; it’s tough to see a team with so much fight not being able to play in October.
Miami did trade AJ Ramos but only got a pair of low-level prospects in return for AJ with the Mets agreeing to pay the rest of his salary. Just once, I’d like to see Jeffrey Loria and his front office do right by the fans and make a smart trade, pay the rest of Ramos’ salary and bring back some high-level players. By trading Straily and getting a fair return for Ramos the next owner for the Marlins would’ve had a better foundation for the future going forward. Miami should’ve explored all trade possibilities at the deadline, trade everyone who isn’t Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour, JT Realmuto, and Marcell Ozuna.
Whoever comes in next season is likely going to have to make the tough decisions: Possibly get rid of fan favorites, rebuild from the bottom up, then have a fire sale...the two most common and reviled words in Marlins history. By staying put, however, the Marlins may have hurt their chances for a better future.