At 31-45 and 11.5 games back in the National League East, the Miami Marlins might consider altering their strategy as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. After losing Giancarlo Stanton for four to six weeks with a broken bone in his hand, Joel Sherman of The New York Post expects the Marlins to sell in the coming weeks.
Miami has a young core, which includes Stanton, Christian Yelich, Adeiny Hechavarria, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon, and J.T. Realmuto. But even if it is not considered a payroll dump or "fire sale," the Marlins are in a position to deal several veteran pieces to contending teams.
Miami acquired Latos last offseason to add another experienced arm to the starting rotation. At 27, Latos has had difficulty staying healthy and has already spent time on the disabled list earlier this year. He has posted a 5.49 ERA and 3.62 FIP over 62.1 innings and has only pitched six or more innings in five of his 12 starts this season.
Dealing Latos might be challenging considering his inability to remain healthy and struggles on the mound this season. But a few quality starts and he could become attractive to a team seeking starting pitching.
Leading up to spring training, Haren was thought to be upset about being dealt to the Marlins. Haren reportedly preferred to remain in Los Angeles, and both the Dodgers and Angels could benefit from additional starting pitching. Haren has posted a 3.38 ERA and 4.26 FIP 93.1 innings and might welcome a trade to a contender at this point in his career.
Prado, like Haren, has been plagued by injuries and as a result may not draw a significant amount of interest. He is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury but was batting .272/.311/.370 to complement four home runs and 24 RBIs before going down.
Prado can play second and third base and has some corner outfield experience, making him a versatile piece for a contending squad to add.
Dunn is the Marlins' primary left-handed relief option and because of that he may not be dealt. He has posted a 4.68 ERA and 3.74 FIP through 25.0 innings but opposing clubs might be hesitant since Dunn has yet to establish himself as consistent in 2015.
While the Marlins are not likely to deal Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich, or Marcell Ozuna, Steve Cishek is another relief option that can be moved. Jeff Baker has had success against left-handed pitching and could be a valuable addition to a contending team's bench. Michael Morse has yet to prove he can remain healthy and A.J. Ramos will likely be looked at.
Without Stanton and struggling offensively, the Marlins could add a few pieces before the deadline. But selling a handful of veteran players seems more likely for a team 14 games under five hundred.