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Marlins links, 7/27/18: Absolutely everything you need to know

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It’s unquestionably the busiest time of the season, so we’re helping you process all the news and rumors.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
Was that one of Dan Straily’s final pitches in a Marlins uniform?
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They played the Nats. You can probably guess how that went.

For the first time since the All-Star break, the Marlins relinquished their hold on fourth place in the division. Their offense had a productive opening inning Thursday night against spot starter Tommy Milone, but never added insurance. The Nationals clawed back in the middle innings, went ahead for good during Adam Conley’s rocky seventh and poured it on in the ninth. The 10-3 final score wasn’t indicative of how close the Fish were to a win.

In what might have been your last look at Dan Straily in a Marlins uniform, he went 5 23 decent innings. Straily had trouble hiding his frustration in the clubhouse afterwards.

J.T. Realmuto stays hot and continues climbing an all-time list:

“Things have changed in Miami”

That’s the main takeaway from Michael Hill’s pre-trade deadline manifesto. The club’s president of baseball operations spoke to Ken Rosenthal about what he intends to do next, specifically with Realmuto.

I encourage you to subscribe to The Athletic and read the original article in full. My summary and commentary is also right here for you.

Trade buzz and consequences

Both the Cubs and Indians have already reinforced their pitching staffs this month, but still like what they’re seeing from the veteran ground ball specialist. Scouts from those teams as well as the Dodgers were in attendance at Marlins Park on Thursday, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports.

Earlier in the week, Zach Britton to the Yankees set the ceiling for what a hot rental reliever with pedigree could fetch in return. Ziegler’s age and reliance on balls in play will force the Fish to settle for a somewhat weaker package.

Cross the Yanks and Red Sox off the list of potential Straily landing spots after their starting rotation acquisitions.

The Rockies, Brewers and Braves decided to shop elsewhere for bullpen help (though Ken Rosenthal has learned that Milwaukee plans to address other areas in the coming days).

Minor league scoreboard

Triple-A: Reno 11, New Orleans 7 (Final/10)

Double-A: Montgomery 1, Jacksonville 0

High-A: Dunedin 3, Jupiter 9

Low-A: Greensboro 6, Lakewood 2

Short Season A: Staten Island 6, Batavia 5

Gulf Coast League: DSL Dodgers Jackie Robinson 4, DSL Marlins 3 (Final/10)

Dominican Summer League: GCL Marlins 8, GCL Astros 6

July 26 box scores courtesy of MiLB.com

MLB Pipeline updates prospect rankings

Right-hander Nick Neidert is among the biggest risers on the Marlins midseason Top 30. MLB Pipeline placed him at No. 3 after entering spring training at No. 10. Meanwhile, recently recalled Magneuris Sierra plummeted from No. 7 to No. 15. The following 2018 MLB amateur draft selections all earned recognition: outfielder Connor Scott (No. 4), catcher Will Banfield (No. 7), shortstop Osiris Johnson (No. 13) and outfielder Tristan Pompey (No. 16).

Monte Harrison is the only Marlins farmhand to crack the league’s top 100 list at No. 80 overall.

Anticipated roster moves

Ben Meyer seems like the odd man out as the corresponding move for Tayron Guerrero, who has recovered from a lumbar strain. Meyer is becoming very familiar with the route from Miami to New Orleans and vice versa.

Curious to see how the Marlins manage the rotation when Sandy Alcántara gets activated in early August.

“MVP of the Game chain” origin story

Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald spoke with the Marlins veterans responsible for introducing the flashy, commemorative piece to the rest of the clubhouse.

Turns out that Cameron Maybin had a big hand in it. He was influenced by what he learned from his months with the 2017 world-champion Astros:

“We sometimes worry too much about individual stats or ‘what did I do?’ I just wanted to take a moment on a young club and go around the locker room for a second and talk about what we had to sacrifice to win as a team.”

Marlins barber Juice Tandrón arranged for the chain to be made by Rafaello and Co. Martín Prado and Miguel Rojas were extremely close with José Fernández, and Maybin greatly admired his “passion” from afar, so they all agreed to inscribe his name on it.

Listen to Luis Davila’s guest spot

Our promising young writer got invited on The Chase Thomas Podcast to discuss the state of the franchise for a broader audience. Luis’ interview begins around the 44-minute mark.

New to the beat

The Sun Sentinel was caught off guard when Tim Healey joined the Mets beat earlier this year. After a half-season of patchwork Marlins coverage, they opened the search for his full-time replacement.

Congrats to Wells Dusenbury! We had a brief conversation Thursday and he comes off as an extremely decent human being.

Dusenbury is #JustGettinStarted on Saturday.