The Miami Marlins are in a tough position. They sit at 31-46 and are 11.5 games out of first for the division lead in the NL East division. Suffice it to say nothing has really gone according to plan for the Fish this season. They had an incredibly busy offseason as they added several pieces to create what they hoped would be a playoff-caliber team. Unfortunately the team has under achieved in practically every aspect and now with their star player Giancarlo Stanton out 4-6 weeks due to a broken hamate bone in his left wrist, they are on the verge of completely falling out of contention. The only thing that keeps them relevant is the pitching they have. They have several veteran pitchers and young pitchers that have been drawing trade interest from teams across the league as reported by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
They are expecting former 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez back this week which means someone is bound to get bumped from the current starting rotation and moved to the bullpen. The two pitchers they seem to be getting calls on the most are veterans Mat Latos and Dan Haren.
Latos arrived in a winter trade from the Cincinnati Reds. He has not had a particularly good season as he is pitching to a 5.49 ERA across 62.1 innings of work over 12 starts. More was expected out of him and to this point he has been a huge disappointment. He is playing out the final year of his current contract before he’s eligible to become a free agent, but could still be considered a valuable veteran to help fill out any contending team’s rotation. If he is able to show some improvement these next few weeks before the trade deadline his value may increase and be able to entice the Marlins to deal him for a solid package.
Haren is having a surprisingly good year for the Marlins. He is not dominant, but has enjoyed a steady 3.38 ERA and has shown great command as he is only averaging 1.8 BB/9. He has been a reliable back-of-the-rotation starter for the Marlins and could be a nice boost for any contending team’s rotation.
The Marlins are also getting calls on both Tom Koehler and Brad Hand. Koehler is under team control through 2018 and is enjoying a 3.66 ERA across 62.1 innings of work. He is a young and steady pitcher with multiple years of club control left, so it will require any team to put together a package of top prospects to probably get the Marlins to consider moving him. Hand is not having a good year as he has pitched to a 5.95 ERA so far on the year but is under club control through 2019. It was speculated a few weeks ago that these two could be packaged in a deal together, however nothing has materialized to this point. As the trade deadline nears, the Marlins look to be playing the role of seller with their glut of pitching.