To say that the Marlins season has been underwhelming would be an understatement. They had serious hopes of contention, but have had an incredibly tumultuous first half. Mike Redmond was fired in what was seemingly a knee-jerk reaction to his team almost getting no-hit, even after Jeffrey Loria said that he was "the manager. Period". Then they installed former GM Dan Jennings as his replacement, which Dee Gordon initially thought was a joke.
"When I got word of it, I was surprised," Gordon said. "[Giancarlo] Stanton actually called me and told me, and I thought he was playing. But we was serious."
On the day of Redmond's firing, the team was 16-22, and since then have gone 15-24. The Marlins simply haven't performed, and with the recent news that Stanton had to undergo surgery to repair a broken hamate bone, the Marlins have to be realistic about their future. Other teams have clearly taken notice, and are starting to ask about their pitching.
#Marlins have received multiple trade inquiries on Mat Latos and Dan Haren, sources say. Can move starter with Jose Fernandez's return.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 29, 2015
Jon Morosi also added that the Marlins are receiving interest in Tom Koehler and reliever Brad Hand. Latos' ERA is an ugly 5.49, but his peripherals suggest that he's performed much better. He's a free agent after this season, which unfortunately means that Miami won't be able to ask for a huge prospect package in return, but they should at the very least be able to get something of value for their future.
Despite threatening to retire if he was traded outside of Los Angeles, Haren decided that he wanted to keep pitching (and not forfeit $10 million), and suited up with the Marlins. In 93.1 innings this season, he's posted an ERA of 3.38, along with a strikeout rate of 6.75 and a walk rate of just 1.74. However unlike Latos, his peripherals aren't as optimistic about his future, and he could be in line for some regression.
Koehler and Hand are under team control for much longer, 2018 and 2019 respectively, which will help boost their trade value in any talks. Koehler has posted an ERA of 3.66, but has a strikeout rate of just 6.49, an FIP of 4.55 and a SIERA of 4.34. Conversely, Hand has an unappealing ERA of 5.95, but his FIP of 2.56 and SIERA of 3.85 paint a much brighter picture for a team that has their sights set on him.
The Marlins clearly have a few pieces to work with in the lead up to the trade deadline, but unfortunately their depth isn't particularly valuable. Players like Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Johnny Cueto, and Scott Kazmir are the big name targets, and Miami may have to wait until those situations have played out before they can move any of their pitchers.