Wednesday, July 10, 2013
With Ricky Nolasco shipped off to LA, our thoughts turn to who else the Marlins could send off into the Marlins diaspora before the July 31 trade deadline, and the answer is: probably no one.
Unless another team makes an offer with a bevy of top prospects, Giancarlo Stanton is not going anywhere (with three years of club control remaining, he is too valuable for even Jeffrey Loria to pawn off on a trade). This is entirely speculative, but I'm guessing the front office has learned its lesson from the Miguel Cabrera trade, namely that the best prospects are no sure thing, especially when they are exchanged for a budding young superstar.
Additionallu, there are not many more expensive contracts to unload. Placido Polanco and Adeiny Hechavarria are the highest paid Marlins now, each earning $2.75 million. The front office won't move Hechavarria, who won't be a free agent until 2019, and Polanco is not on anyone's wish list.
A few relievers could be dangled if another team offers an interesting prospect. Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn, and Steve Cishek fall into this category, though none make 7 figures. There are reports that teams are inquiring about Justin Ruggiano, but the Marlins may need him around to play centerfield and platoon with Juan Pierre in left field due to Chris Coghlan's back injury.
So we could be in for a quiet three weeks.