By Illya Harrell on June 29, 2014
Are the Miami Marlins trading for a front-line starter like David Price or Jeff Samardzija? According some sources, that's the word around the campfire. Going after either big-name starter makes no sense. Why? As of June 29, they're four games under .500 and five games behind in the NL East, the weakest division in the National League. The Fish are more likely to deal with 2015 in mind. Here are few guys they might move.
Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg recorded 33 saves in 62 games for the Chicago Cubs last season. His career BB/9 of 4.1 isn't enough to keep his team ulcer-free. Including this season, over the last three-plus years he sports a 5.2 BB/9, high enough for fans to consider the purchase of a home defibrillator. Still, there may be a weak bullpenned contender willing to barter a couple of low-level prospects in exchange for Gregg.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia provides a decent bat with some pop. Saltalamacchia started the 2014 season on fire. In his first 29 games, he was slashing .310/.595/1.011 with six homers. In his 27 games since he's hit only .184 with one home run. The Marlins have a catcher in waiting, the team's No. 10 prospect according to Baseball America, J.T. Realmuto. They should move Saltalamacchia and give Realmuto a jump start for 2015.
Third baseman Casey McGehee could fetch Miami a couple of mid-level prospects. He's healthy after missing the entire 2013 season, and any contender looking to upgrade their third baseman would love to have a guy hitting .309 with 48 RBIs.
Southpaw relief pitcher Dan Jennings has been bobbled up and down from Miami to their triple-A club more than he deserves. Does the Marlins' brass have a problem with his pre-mound prayer? Jennings is a high strikeout pitcher who uses a mid-90s fastball and a plus-slider. He does have a high walk ratio but not nearly as high as pen mate Kevin Gregg. A contender looking for a solid lefty reliever should be scouting Jennings.
Rookie right-handed starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was part of the huge deal that sent Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle to the Blue Jays. The 24-year-old's fastball can touch 95 MPH, but his tight slider is his best pitch. DeSclafani's secondary stuff is not suited for the big leagues. There are still plenty of baseball folks who think he has a big upside. If the Fish can deal him to one of those teams for a more experienced arm they should.
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