Marlins more deliberate about dealing
Pulling off three walk-off victories in five days has the Marlins taking a wait-and-see approach to making drastic deals.
Coming out of the All-Star Break, management said the 10-game homestand, which wraps up on Sunday, would decide which direction the club is heading.
By ralling to a 7-6 win over the Braves on Friday night — scoring twice off Billy Wagner in the ninth — the Marlins players have bought themselves more time. The organization no longer views Sunday as the day to determine their course of action. The team will continue to evaluate all the way up to the July 31 non-waiver deadline, which will come when the Marlins are on the West Coast. Next week they are at the Giants for four games before facing the Padres in San Diego.
Now at .500 for the first time since June 4, the Marlins are thinking they may indeed be able to make a run.
The team still may make a couple of trades. Jorge Cantu has drawn interest from the Giants, Rockies and Rangers. Cody Ross has a handful of teams — like the Red Sox, Reds, Dodgers and Braves — who are interested. Don’t expect the Marlins to deal with Atlanta. A couple of years ago, before the Braves acquired Nate McLouth, they had feelers out on Ross.
A match with Atlanta is doubtful. If the Marlins, now 6-2 on the homestand, feel they can make a run, they will need Ross, and wouldn’t send him to their division rival.
Several teams have inquired about Leo Nunez, including the Giants, Red Sox and Tigers. Recently, the Marlins told clubs that Nunez isn’t available, at least at this point. If they, however, fall out of the race, by July 31, that may change.
Still, indications are that barring a deal too good to pass up, Nunez will not be dealt.
Dan Uggla is not being shopped, and the organization is expected to pursue signing him long term in the off season. Ricky Nolasco also won’t likely be dealt. The Marlins also are entertaining signing Nolasco to a multi-year contract.
– Joe Frisaro