It is a bit of a weird sign to see the Miami Marlins actually going out and trying to make some moves before the MLB trade deadline. Marlins GM Michael Hill said Monday to reporters that the Marlins are not sellers at the trade deadline. With the team reportedly interested in Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester, the attitude around the organization seems to be changing.
The Marlins may not have the pieces to go out and get Lester, because what teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates or St. Louis Cardinals could offer is far better than what the Marlins have in their system. Miami could dangle outfielder Jake Marisnick or even a pitcher like Justin Nicolino in front of Boston to see if the Red Sox will bite, but there is not really much of a chance for Boston to take the bait.
Lester has been the best player on the Red Sox this season. He is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and 149 strikeouts. Adding him to the rotation with Henderson Alvarez could help guide the Marlins to the playoffs after being only six games back at the start of Tuesday. Miami also has Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a former teammate and battery mate of Lester’s, to try and reel him in.
However, Lester is likely to land with a bigger contender than Miami, if anywhere at all. Plus, there is no guarantee Lester would re-sign with Miami as he is all for re-signing with the Red Sox as he has mentioned over and over again. It is still nice to know the organization is trying to win instead of throwing in the towel this season.