The Miami Marlins are not going to sell at the MLB trade deadline this year. The Marlins are only seven games out of first place in the National League East and only 5 1/2 games out of the National League Wildcard. Miami is within striking distance, which would push the Marlins toward the buyers market instead of the sellers market for the first time in a long time.
A trade candidate for the Marlins to keep their eyes on is San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy. Kennedy is missing his next start due to a strained oblique, but it could also mean the Padres are nearing a deal with a team to send him off. Miami going after Kennedy makes more sense than first realized.
Kennedy would add another pitching threat to the Marlins rotation, which is built together with bubblegum, twigs and sand. Henderson Alvarez is pitching well and as of late the Marlins are getting quality innings from Tom Koehler and Brad Hand. Miami definitely needs someone like Kennedy to reassure the rotation for the rest of the season into the thick of the playoff races.
For San Diego this year, Kennedy is 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 22 starts. Kennedy has a 9.5 K/9 as well.
Miami will have to fend off other competition like the New York Yankees to acquire him. However, Miami has better pitching assets to give up than the Yankees or some other teams. It would be interesting to see if the trigger is pulled for Kennedy.