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2018 Trade Deadline Preview: Are the Miami Marlins going to be buyers or sellers?

Obviously we know the answer but it’s much more polite to ask.

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As we approach July 31, we will preview what each team is projected to do in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline. For a complete listing of our previews, click here.

Miami Marlins: 32 - 47, 5th in the National League East

If the Marlins go into the second half of the 2018 season with even the scraps of their current roster, you may color me shocked. The only mainstay that will probably still be involved with the Marlins organization after July 31st will be the centerfield sculpture, and that’s only because his velocity is down and he’s asking too much in way of incentives.

What moves have they made so far?

Oh, you mean other than nearly everyone? Because I think maybe there’s one guy left that sells beer. Let’s take a look...
The marquee move made in the offseason was the Giancarlo Stanton trade to the Yankees. Duh. In exchange for the power hitter, Miami received Sterling Castro, Jose Guzman, and Jose Devers.

The team swung a deal with the Brewers for Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz, Jordan Yamamoto in exchange for young and beloved outfielder, Christian Yelich.

But, wait—there’s more!


The Marlins also acquired Sandy Alcantara, Magneuris Sierra, Zac Gallen, and Daniel Castano from the Cardinals in exchange for other beloved outfielder, Marcell Ozuna. So now that we’ve gutted the entire outfielder, let’s move on...and certainly not last but otherwise we’ll be here all day...Dee Gordon made his way to the Mariners by way of Miami receiving Nick Neidert, Robert Dugger, and Christopher Torres. What a treasure trove, you guys.

On the significantly smaller “Signings” side to this list, the Marlins signed outfielder Cameron Maybin to a one year, $3.25M deal. Aside from the handful of Rule 5 signings the Marlins inked, their willingness to extend themselves to acquire new players was dismal to the point that I wanted to ask if someone was doing this because of a bet.

What new moves could they make?

The Red Wedding saw less carnage than the Marlins’ roster this winter, so it’s safe to say they’ll probably stay put at the deadline or just torch the whole place. It’s a coin toss.

Teams that are looking for the bullpen help could tap the Marlins for Kyle Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider. In fact, Cleveland, now struggling defensively in later innings while Andrew Miller is on the DL, has already been in touch with the Marlins. Barraclough took the reigns as the Marlins closer earlier this year, and . The franchise is after young blood now, and Cleveland has a strong farm system, so if I deal went down it’s conceivable that the Marlins will ask for fresh arms to add to their farm system

It’s probably a dark mark on your franchise when several of your players have lit the proverbial SOS fire on a deserted island. J.T. Realmuto was one of the most outspoken of that, requesting a trade in February. It looked like his wish was about to be granted in April when the Mets caught fire and needed help behind the plate. While the Mets’ shot at the post season has now been reduced to embers, the young catcher is still likely to move. If Realmuto is still in a Marlins’ uniform after the deadline, it’s because the team’s price tag on him was too high for anyone to meet. Both the Twins and Yankees have lost their starting backstops for extended periods of him and are now looking to backups. While Austin Romine may be able to hold it down in New York, Jason Castro’s twin replacement of Mitch Garver and Bobby Wilson is significantly less reliable.

Aside from their young pitching, Derek Dietrich is probably one of the most valuable chips on the Marlins right now. Yes, you read that correctly. The long standing Marlin is a force at the plate and refuses to let any at-bat fall by the waste side. He’s a reliable presence who hasn’t seen a decline in power. While he isn’t the most athletic guy on the field,

Predictions

If Derek Jeter’s plan at the Winter Meetings was to clean house, it’s safe to assume that this deadline will see the complete decimation of said house. However, while everyone and their mother could probably have a trade target over their heads, it makes little sense for the Marlins to deal young, controllable players that could pave the way for their “rebuild”. Granted a giant light up statue in centerfield doesn’t make sense either, so I’m honestly not ruling anything out. It’s Derek Jeter’s simulation and we’re all just living in it.