Will Marlins make another move before deadline?
ATLANTA — Keeping a sense of humor after another disheartening loss, Ozzie Guillen on Monday night joked to reporters that scouts seeing his team play may have turned and walked away.
The Marlins manager openly wondered what teams would want these players? We’re about to find out.
The non-waiver trade deadine is at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. Up until the final minute, the Marlins still may pull off a deal.
For weeks, the Marlins have been heavily scouted by clubs seeking to add.
What they’ve seen is more of the same from a Miami team, which lost 8-2 on Monday at Turner Field.
The Marlins already have been active in trades this month. Last week, in the span of three days, they dealt Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers. They followed that up by sending Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate to the Dodgers.
If you go back to July 4, the Marlins added Carlos Lee from the Astros.
The question now is if another move or two will take place prior to the deadline?
Josh Johnson’s name has been out there, and teams have inquired. But the Marlins asking price is high, and is expected to remain so. Because Johnson hasn’t pitched at the All-Star level he displayed in previous years, several teams have backed away.
Opinions may change before the deadline, because starting pitching still is in high demand.
Indications are the Marlins want to retain Johnson, who is signed through 2013.
Johnson’s $13.75 million salary for next year is pretty modest for an ace, and shouldn’t be a motivating factor to move him.
If the Marlins feel Johnson is healthy, then it makes sense to keep him. They could see if he improves down the stretch. If so, it could increase his trade value in the offseason. Or the team may not want to deal him if he’s performing at a high level.
The Marlins have Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco under contract for next year. And the club could use those three to build a rotation around. Nathan Eovaldi, acquired in the Ramirez trade, is another promising fixture in the starting five.
If the club opts to stick with those four, it will take the pressure off rushing 21-year-old Jacob Turner, the centerpiece in the recent deal with Detroit. Wade LeBlanc would be another option.
Turner is at Triple-A New Orleans, but he could be called up to pitch the second game of Friday’s Doubleheader at Washington.
Even if the Marlins don’t move Johnson on Tuesday, it doesn’t mean they won’t be active.
Miami is currently searching for outfielders, relievers, a third baseman and perhaps a catcher.
— Joe Frisaro