Around this time last year, the Miami Marlins made a huge trade sending infielder Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Nathan Eovaldi, who is quickly becoming a piece of the future for the Marlins’ rotation while Ramirez is helping the Dodgers fight for a division title in the National League West.
This year is completely different. The Marlins front office thinks that the team has turned the corner. Miami is doing significantly better than everyone thought coming into the season and actually have a 22-17 record since May 31. The organization is not ready to trade pieces it thinks are building blocks for the future: Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn.
Rumors have suggested that Cishek, Ryan Webb and Chad Qualls could be on the move. However, teams that were interested in relief pitchers have filled their holes. Placido Polanco, Greg Dobbs and Justin Ruggiano were also possible trade commodities that were being sought for. However, the Marlins look like they are going to hold those pieces as well.
The Marlins are in last place in the National League East, but do have 35 wins and are riding a bit of a hot streak. A bit of a break with the All-Star game coming up is only going to do wonders for the Marlins as the season starts to get into the latter half of the summer.
The future is looking bright for Miami. Jose Fernandez will pitch Tuesday at Citi Field in the All-Star game. This could be the start of a new beginning for Miami.