By Timothy Downs @Tidow1212 on June 26, 2014
After a solid start to the 2014 campaign the Miami Marlins have leveled out at 39-39, which is good for third currently in a mediocre NL East. The organization has a tough decision to make when considering whether to buy or sell at the trade deadline, but they could certainly could do without these five players under any circumstance this season.
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Outfielder Reed Johnson has been serviceable when given an opportunity this season, batting .278 with 18 RBIs in 103 plate appearances. That being said, the Marlins have a substantial amount of good young players in the outfield, and when Christian Yelich returns from the DL it might be time for them to part ways with the veteran to free up a roster spot and create competition.
Jacob Turner has not done well in 2014 whether he has been starting or relieving, and it might be time for Miami to send him back to the minors for some more seasoning. Pitching to a 6.67 ERA is not helping the club in either role. At just 23 years old, Turner needs to regain his confidence as a starting pitcher on the farm.
Derek Dietrich has made an underwhelming offensive impression since debuting in MLB last season, but he has shown some pop with five HRs in 143 at bats in 2014. The Marlins have struggled to generate offense from their middle infield all year, and if they decide to buy at the trade deadline, second base would be an ideal position to make an addition as Dietrich does not seem ready to be a full-time player quite yet.
After missing the first two months of the 2014 season with a hamstring injury, it looked like veteran middle-infielder Rafael Furcal was going to get a chance to play with Derek Dietrich struggling; but unfortunately, Furcal has landed on the DL again after pulling up lame while running the bases last weekend. The Marlins would be wise to offer Furcal a position within their organization when he is ready to retire.
Kevin Gregg has had a serviceable career as a closer in MLB with 177 saves since his debut in 2003. But considering that Miami is undergoing a rebuild, the organization is perhaps better off looking into their system for their next late-inning reliever since closer Steve Cishek has been stellar this season and they have yet to determine their setup man on a long-term basis.
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