In my opinion, trades conducted after the season usually net better players, compared to making trades in July. What's your take? -- @spitballer9 via TwitterThere's really no right answer. It's case-by-case. It also depends on the objectives of the club. The Marlins are leaning toward being Trade Deadline "sellers," and
In my opinion, trades conducted after the season usually net better players, compared to making trades in July. What's your take? -- @spitballer9 via Twitter
There's really no right answer. It's case-by-case. It also depends on the objectives of the club. The Marlins are leaning toward being Trade Deadline "sellers," and frankly, that's probably the correct way to go given their place in the standings and need to beef up their farm system. No matter if Jeffrey Loria continues to own the team after the season or new ownership comes in, a realistic overview of the club has to be taken.
There are serious questions about if Miami has enough pitching to truly contend. If not, and a rebuild is in order, you try to leverage your roster the best you can, and if that means moving core players for attractive trade packages, it should be considered.
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I think with some players, like Giancarlo Stanton, who has a huge contract and a no-trade clause, it would be very difficult to make a trade midseason. But the return for say, Marcell Ozuna (and right now, he is not considered available), would be very high at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Do you think the Marlins make any trades for a pitcher, such as Sonny Gray? -- @N7Speed via Twitter
When you're a sub-.500 team like the Marlins right now, making a trade for a high-end starter who is building service time doesn't make sense. Sure, you want a pitcher the caliber of Gray, but the cost to obtain would be huge, and the organization may not have the prospects or position players to make that happen. Selling may be the most pragmatic way to build this roster back.
Does the number of big names in the Tagg Romney group hurt its chances to buy the franchise? -- @apr4312 via Twitter
I don't think so, at all. In fact, there's speculation the Romney group, which includes Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, is the frontrunner to purchase the team. The potential sale of the team has been an on-going saga. One day we hear reports that certain groups are in or out. Commissioner Rob Manfred has consistently stated optimism that a sale will get done. When talking about a transaction that is expected to be more than $1 billion, chances are you will have several high-profile investors. The sale likely will gain steam after the All-Star break, if not sooner.
When is Tyler Kolek going to pitch again? Also, is Dillon Peters still an option in the second half after his injury heals? -- @jmb9299 via Twitter
There's good news regarding both pitchers. Kolek, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is throwing bullpens at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., and he's close to seeing game action. Eventually, he is expected to join Class A Greensboro, perhaps in July.
Peters, the promising lefty who fractured his left thumb in April, also is throwing and building back towards pitching in games in July. If all goes well, he could be back at Double-A Jacksonville at some point, either in July or August.
According to MLBPipeline.com, Kolek is the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, and Peters ranks fourth.
Do you see any prospects getting called up in the second half? Possibly Brian Anderson if Martin Prado is dealt? -- @FlaSmitty via Twitter
If Prado is dealt, and there's a chance that could happen by July 31, Anderson would be a prospect to watch. He's ranked third on Miami's prospect list. But Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas also are options to play third.
Anderson, who is with Jacksonville, will get a taste of playing at Marlins Park during the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on July 9.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.