Marlins seeking pitching, third base help

CHICAGO — Don’t consider Marlins’ sellers just yet. Actually, they may not be for the rest of the season.

With 69 games remaining, team owner Jeffrey Loria has not lost hope that his youthful club can still make a playoff push.

On Friday afternoon, Loria spoke with reporters and he said not to sell the Marlins’ short.

Loria added that the team is in the market for an experienced third baseman as well as more starting pitching. Now, those spots may not be immediately addressed, or at least before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins are looking towards building a foundation as they move into their new ballpark, which opens in 2012. So the team is monitoring the market now and expects to continue to do so in the offseason.

Prospect Matt Dominguez is still an option to play third, but until he is ready, the team is exploring all options. They would prefer to add a veteran.

As for starting pitchers, there has been speculation that the club would listen on offers for Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez. The team has little interest in moving either one.

Joe Frisaro


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