Marlins looking for starter, second baseman

NEW YORK –- Add the Marlins to the list of clubs looking for starting pitching before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

But Miami isn’t just seeking any type of starter. The club is targeting controllable young arms, meaning those who are not on the verge of becoming free agents. The club has no interest in a rental.

“A rental, it may help you in the short term,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “We want something we can move forward with. I think that will definitely influence the direction we go.”

Along with a starting pitcher, the Marlins also are exploring second base options.

The Marlins felt they had a second base answer when they signed free agent Rafael Furcal in the offseason. But a left hamstring injury has limited Furcal to just nine games.

Furcal was expected to be a speed threat at the top of the order.

On the trade front, the Marlins are looking for a second baseman who can run and potentially lead off.

Worth noting:

* A couple of more Draft picks are expected to have their deals finalized by Friday’s deadline to sign all picks. Seventh rounder Anfernee Seymour’s deal is about done, as is 10th rounder, lefty Dillon Peters from Texas. Peters is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and won’t be ready to pitch for another year. All of Miami’s top 10 round picks will be signed.

* Brad Penny, who is pitching at Triple-A New Orleans, could be a rotation option at some point in July. Miami needs a fifth starter by July 22, or the fifth game after the All-Star Break.

* A.J. Ramos (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to come off the DL on Friday. Ramos will pitch in some rehab assignment games at Double-A Jacksonville.

* Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, is showing improvement at Class A Jupiter, and he could be headed for a promotion to Jacksonville in the upcoming weeks.

– Joe Frisaro

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