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MLB Rumors: Miami Marlins Shopping For Outfielders

With the trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the MLB rumors are starting to whirl.

The great season that the Miami Marlins were supposed to have is by far less than above average. The Marlins are sitting at 34-38 and are fourth in the NL East. The Marlins have also been without Emilio Bonifacio who was the face of the top of the order for the Marlins. With Bonifacio out, Scott Cousins was recalled to handle the load but is only batting .208 since being with the team June 15. With that, the Marlins could be shopping for outfielders this trade deadline season.

There are a few names that are popping up on the Marlins radar. A few names that have been mentioned are Minnesota TwinsDenard Span, Los Angeles AngelsPeter Bourjos or Houston AstrosCarlos Lee. All three outfielders could possibly fit the Marlins needs. Span could provide average while Bourjos could be a good upgrade on defense and as for Lee, he could provide some extra power to the Fish’s offense that is struggling.

The Marlins need to do something at the deadline to strengthen the team’s confidence. If it is in the outfield, a power hitter would not hurt to protect Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup however the bullpen could use some help as well. Randy Choate and Steve Cishek are the only ones with decent ERAs in the ‘pen.

The Marlins are going to need to get some help if they want to keep pace in the east and possibly make a run for a wildacard bid.

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