Now that the non-waiver deadline has passed, we’re taking a look back at what each team was able to accomplish before 4 p.m. ET on July 31. Next up in our recap series, the Miami Marlins.
Miami Marlins (52-58), 14 GB in NL East, 10.5 GB in NL Wild Card
ACQUIRED: RHP Merandy Gonzalez (from NYM), OF Brayan Hernandez (from SEA), RHP Brandon Miller (from SEA), RHP Pablo Lopez (from SEA), OF Ricardo Cespedes (from NYM), RHP Lukas Schiraldi (from SEA), OF Braxton Lee (from TB), RHP Ethan Clark (from TB)
TRADED: RHP A.J. Ramos (to NYM), RHP David Phelps (to SEA), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (to TB)
With the Nationals running the NL East, the wild card already having been way out of reach and the constant talk of their franchise being sold, the Marlins were clear sellers from the start of deadline season. They did sell off three veteran players, closer A.J. Ramos, set-up man David Phelps and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and netted eight prospects, with five of them now being ranked in the top 30 in the organization, according to MLBPipeline.com.
The Fish dealt Hechavarria — a defensive-minded shortstop — to Tampa Bay in June for two minor leaguers, right-handed pitcher Ethan Clark and outfielder Braxton Lee. Though the return wasn’t eye-popping, Miami was able to save some cash in making it. When they traded Phelps to the Mariners on July 20, the Marlins got four minor leaguers, with outfielder Brayan Hernandez headlining the package. The 19-year-old Hernandez is now the Marlins’ eighth-best prospect. Nine days later, they got another pair of prospects in right-handed starter Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes from the Mets in exchange for Ramos. Gonzalez is ranked sixth in the organization and Cespedes is ranked 24th, giving them potential starters in those spots.
However, there were a ton of rumors about the possibility of them selling off All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins in 2014 that includes a no-trade clause, had been linked to the Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies. But, Marlins baseball president Michael Hill shot down any notion that the club will trade their young stars, which also included Justin Bour, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Dan Straily. The Marlins did end up discussing a deal in which Straily went to the Brewers, but nothing got close to being done.
The Marlins had also feelers for Dee Gordon and Martin Prado. Gordon had three teams interested in him, including the Phillies and Blue Jays, while Prado had the Yankees and Red Sox interested in him. However, deals for Gordon never came to fruition and Prado’s situation changed when he had to undergo season-ending knee surgery three days before the deadline.
With the deadline having come and gone, the Marlins are more than likely not going to do much this month during the waiver-wire trade season. There is still speculation about them possibly putting Stanton on waivers and seeing if they could move his big contract, but that appears to be unlikely at least for this season.
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