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5 Players Miami Marlins Should Target Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Players Miami Marlins Should Acquire Prior to 2014 MLB Trade Deadline

Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
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One of the biggest surprise contenders of 2014, the Miami Marlins are 32-30, just one game behind first place in the National League East. Even with Jose Fernandez done for the year, it looks like the Marlins will be buyers at the trade deadline. Here are five players the Marlins could try to acquire before July 31.

Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
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Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
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Now that Fernandez is down, the Marlins could use an established front of the rotation pitcher. Enter Jeff Samardzija. With a 2.54 ERA and peripheral numbers such as his 7.94 K/9 and 50.8 ground-ball percentage, Samardzija would be a great addition to the Marlins' rotation.

Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel Chicago Cubs
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Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel Chicago Cubs
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A much cheaper option than Samardzija, Jason Hammel would immediately provide an upgrade to the Marlins' rotation. He is having a better season than Samardzija, but his track record isn't nearly as impressive.

Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy Arizona Diamondbacks
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Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy Arizona Diamondbacks
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Brandon McCarthy is having a fine season, despite his 5.13 ERA. He has a 3.80 FIP, 8.20 K/9, 1.59 BB/9 and a 55.5 ground-ball percentage. His peripherals all suggest he is a mid-rotation starter, rather than a back-end starter like his ERA suggests.

Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
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Darwin Barney

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He can't hit, but Darwin Barney can play very consistent defense at second base. The Marlins have a revolving door at second base, and if they are willing to sacrifice offense in favor of defense, Barney could take over and play every day.

Aaron Hill

Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
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Aaron Hill

Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
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Pretty much the opposite of Barney, Aaron Hill is an offensive-first second baseman with poor defense. He's had a slow start to the 2014 season, but he hit .291/.356/.462 in 362 plate appearances last season.