Marlins not seeking major changes

MIAMI — A disappointing first half has not prompted the Marlins to consider drastic roster changes. At least, not at this point.

Despite being in last place in the NL East at the All-Star Break, the team believes enough key pieces are in place to move the franchise forward, not just for the remainder of the season but into 2012. Next year, the Marlins move into their new retractable-roof stadium, and the organization is high on a number of the players already in place.

Speculation about possible deals is on the rise as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

But on Wednesday morning, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest noted that major changes are not expected.

“In terms of huge moves, there are a lot of huge pieces of this team that we covet,” Beinfest said. “I don’t see major things happening at this point, but you never know what happens at the end of this month. First and foremost is to grind away and get ourselves out of this.”

The season started off promising for Florida. And after improving to 29-19 on May 26, the club had playoff expectations. But in June, the year became to unravel as the team lost a franchise record 23 games in the month.

The Marlins entered the All-Star Break having won a seson-best five games, but they remain five-games under .500.

So are the Marlins right now buyers or sellers?

“We never really consider ourselves sellers,” Beinfest said. “I think you’re always buying something. It just may be something different. I know that sounds like a corny answer, but it’s really the way we feel about it.

“The way we look at it is the month of June was rather unfortunate. It put us in a tough position. Obviously, we’ve played well of late, and we continue to dig out. But that’s kind of where we’re at. We’re still in a digging out mode.”

Joe Frisaro

 

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