Marlins trying to deal Buck before deadline
ATLANTA — The Marlins are aggressively pursuing at least one more trade, but it doesn’t involve Josh Johnson.
Johnson is expected to remain with the Marlins, but some other possible deals are in the works, according to a source.
The Marlins are seeking outfield help, and they are exploring the trade market.
Miami is trying to trade catcher John Buck, who is signed through 2013. Buck is making $6 million this year and next. The 32-year-old is batting .169 with eight homers and 26 RBIs.
Brett Hayes has started at catcher the past two games. If Buck is dealt, Miami could be ready to promote Rob Brantly from Triple-A New Orleans.
Brantly, a left-handed hitter, was one of three prospects the Marlins acquired from the Tigers last week for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez.
The non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Miami also would listen to offers for Carlos Lee and Heath Bell.
– Joe Frisaro