Marlins open to making moves
Frustrated. Disappointed. And open to change.
The Marlins are all three right now. After a disappointing first half, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said on Sunday that the club will explore ways to improve, not just for 2010, but into the future.
“Change is always possible,” Beinfest said before the Marlins faced the D-backs on Sunday afternoon. “I think we need to be more open to everything at this point, because we haven’t had that run.”
Coming out of the All-Star Break, the Marlins will be facing the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg next Friday at Sun Life Stadium.
“We’d like to see that run come, maybe it will come right when we come back Friday against Strasburg and the Nationals,” Beinfest said. “I think we need to be open to everything.”
So will the Marlins be “buyers or sellers.” The team usually doesn’t define itself as one or the other. Beinfest did not that conversations already are on-going, internally and with other teams.
The Marlins are looking for more consistency, but they are well behind the Braves in the NL East. The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching, and the team wants to get some momentum building.
Beinfest added that if moves are made, it won’t be money related, meaning there is no mandate from owner Jeffrey Loria to clear salary.
Any moves that could occur would be driven to turn the team in another direction.
“We never usually use buyer or seller, we’re open to everything,” Beinfest said. “We don’t do re-dos or anything like that. This team is capable of winning. But if we want to tweak something because it’s just not working, I think we’re going to look at it. I think that’s where we’re at right now.”
— Joe Frisaro