Marlins not thinking about selling

MIAMI — Taking two of three from the Mets at Citi Field doesn’t push the Marlins back into contention, but it also doesn’t mean the club is thinking about selling any time soon.

Obviously, June is going to be a crucial month for the Marlins, who put themselves in a big hole at 20-31. Already, some in the New York media are speculating that the Mets may be able to pry Martin Prado away from Miami to provide insurance in case David Wright doesn’t return.

From what I’m told, the Marlins have not quit on the season. They aren’t thinking about trading away core pieces. Dealing Prado doesn’t make much sense for Miami, especially since he is under contract through 2016. The Yankees are picking up $3 million of the $11 million Prado is making this year and next.

Miami doesn’t have a third baseman ready to take over. Brian Anderson, an interesting prospect at Class A Jupiter, has potential to someday be a regular. But the former University of Arkansas star is several years away from being big league ready.

Prado is a leader on this team. Dealing him would be a tremendous blow to the clubhouse, and a signal of retreat to a market that is tired of rebuilding. Giancarlo Stanton didn’t sign here long term to see the towel thrown in after two months.

With the second Wild Card, we’ve seen teams rebound every year and make a run at the postseason.

When the Marlins named Dan Jennings manager, they did so not to give up on the season. If they are wanting to build for tomorrow, then they would have gone with someone in their Minor League system that has managing experience, like Triple-A manager Andy Haines or former Double-A manager Andy Barkett, now a hitting instructor.

Miami’s main objective is to try to get as close to .500 as possible by the All-Star Break and then figure what direction to go.

It’s not like the club has been at full strength from the start, and the mix of players didn’t come together. The Marlins have been without Jose Fernandez all year, and Mat Latos wasn’t completely healthy in April and May, which is why he is on the DL. Jarred Cosart is also close to returning from the DL.

Henderson Alvarez may be out at least a month or two. But he could return in the second half to provide a lift.

The Marlins’ priority now is getting their pitching in order, and try to make a run. They aren’t thinking about moving a core player like Prado to a team that Miami still may catch in the standings.

Joe Frisaro

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