Marlins 'want to add'
Phone calls are being made, and the Marlins certainly are looking to improve themselves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
For now, whether anything gets done is a wait-and-see proposal.
“We don’t want to take away, we’d like to add,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.
The Marlins feel they are very much in the National League East race, and specifically, they’d like to add relief help. If a closer could be obtained, they’d be interested.
“We’d like to improve just like all the other teams looking to improve,” Beinfest said. “We recognize, we’re heading into the All-Star Break, and we’re in the race for the division. So you want to see what’s out there to improve yourself the best you can.
“There are so many teams in it, that it’s tough to make trades. They don’t want to take from their team. They want to add to it. In terms of your prospects, you have a threshold on what to give and not to give.”
Closer Matt Lindstrom is on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Beinfest is not optimistic that the right-hander will be back by the July 31 trade deadline.
“We’ll make due with what we have,” Beinfest said of the bullpen. “Those are good arms, and by and large, they’ve done a good job. We’d like to get Matt back. We hope he’s on the mound here in the next week or so, and start that progression.”
With Lindstrom, Beinfest added: “I don’t know. We’ll see the progression. We’ll have him on the mound, and we’ll have a better idea. You can deal with what if? But we’ll look at everything, and move on, and hope that he comes back.”
Recently, the Marlins signed veteran right-hander Luis Ayala to a Minor League contract. Ayala could help the team after the Break, after he gets some work in the Minor Leagues.
In terms of possible trades, Beinfest said the landscape changes daily.
“We’ll see what happens. It changes from day to day,” he said. “An injury today, or something happens. Or you have a bad week. You’re in. You’re out. It always gets dicey when you get to the end of the month.”
— Joe Frisaro