Inbox: Will Miami be active at Trade Deadline?
Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers Marlins fans' questions
Yes, Justin Nicolino did great. But what about the fact the Marlins are about to have nine starters, when healthy? Who is on the trade rumors?
How the rotation shapes up will be closely watched between now and when Jose Fernandez makes his first start, which is expected to be July 2. President of baseball operations Michael Hill hinted the team may use a six-man rotation from the time Fernandez returns through the All-Star break. Still, tough decisions will have to be made.
As for trade chips, Hill noted the club is not looking to deal anyone who is controllable beyond 2015. Could that change by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline? Absolutely. For now, though, that means Tom Koehler, David Phelps and Cosart aren't on the market.
I don't think the Marlins are looking to deal Dan Haren, a free agent next year, either. Mat Latos, also a pending free agent, could be dealt. And Brad Hand is out of options. So something may happen with him.
When do we swap Carter Capps for A.J. Ramos?
Not necessarily soon. Capps has been a pleasant surprise, and he's definitely earned the eighth-inning setup role. But Ramos has been really good closing nine of 10 since he assumed the job in mid-May. As impressive as Capps has been, I'd still like to see a larger sample size before naming him closer, and make sure he stays healthy. Ramos has been durable and dependable for years.
What do you foresee happening for the Marlins at the Deadline?
I don't see the Marlins being very active by July 31, unless they completely sink in the next month. Clearly, they need to start tracking at least to five or six under before the All-Star break to become "buyers." As for being sellers, keep this in mind: On Sunday at Cincinnati, Hill said core players who are locked up beyond 2015 are strong candidates to stay. The organization didn't go all in to win in '15, and then break it up. They plan on building around Giancarlo Stanton for the upcoming years, looking to contend the second half and in 2016 -- and beyond.
Do you think the Marlins can attract big-time managerial talent going forward?
I don't see them trying to lure Joe Torre out of retirement, if that is what you mean by big-time managerial talent.
I reported recently Dan Jennings is the probable frontrunner to remain at the helm in 2016. That could change if things fall apart in the second half, or if his heart isn't in it and he wants to go back being general manager.
As for big-time talent, I don't think the industry is trending that way. You're not seeing many of the same names being recycled, like in the past. Where I see the Marlins right now, having Jennings manage has more sweeping implications. After Mike Redmond was dismissed, something that didn't receive much attention was the fact the organization is looking to maintain better communication between the front office and clubhouse. This is to be philosophically on the same page, in terms of who plays, how they are used, and who gets called up.
Say the Marlins brought in Dusty Baker, who doesn't need the job. An established former manager may have his own ideas that could be completely different than the front office.
What do you see the Marlins doing with Derek Dietrich when Martin Prado is back? Back to Triple-A, or do you think someone else will be sent down?
I see Prado returning as the regular third baseman, batting second. As for Dietrich, he deserves a lot of credit for keeping a good attitude and improving his game at Triple-A. Credit also is due to the Minor League staff that has worked with Dietrich, keeping him focused and identifying what he needs to improve.
That said, if Dietrich keeps hitting, he will stick around. He may wind up playing some first base, too. Foremost, Prado needs to get healthy.