The Miami Marlins lost a heart-breaker to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night 4-3 when Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley lifted a walk-off home run off of reliever Chris Hatcher. Battling for a playoff spot this season (for some reason), the Marlins are going to need an added arm in the bullpen if the team wants to continue to climb the National League East division.
Bryan Morris was also a culprit of the blown save when Jimmy Rollins came around to score on an error after a lead-off single when he replaced Tom Koehler. Miami definitely needs at least two definitive pieces in the bullpen this season. Relying on Kevin Gregg and Mike Dunn for the remainder of the season is something the team cannot do.
If the Texas Rangers are indeed willing to make most of their pieces available, Miami should look to trade for right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria. Soria has pitched very well this season for the Rangers coming off his first season returning to the big leagues in 2013. In 27 games, Soria has a 1.75 ERA with a 12.3 K/9 and has only issued three walks this year.
A young prospect is something Miami could give back if it should try for Soria. The Marlins’ bullpen is so disheveled at some points it makes it seem like the Marlins have no real chance at making the playoffs. Grabbing a solid reliever or two at some point near the trade deadline could give the team a push and some much-needed rest for closer Steve Cishek.