Are the Marlins willing to trade starting pitching?

MIAMI — There has been plenty of speculation, but little evidence that the Marlins are ready to trade any of the veteran starting pitchers.

Unless the club is presented with an offer too attractive to pass up, chances are Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco will remain in Miami.

Johnson and Nolasco are each signed through 2013. Barring them signing extensions, both would be free agents next year.

Johnson is set to make $13.75 million, the highest base salary of any Miami player in 2013. Nolasco is due to earn $11.5 million.

Buehrle’s salary for 2013 is $11 million, and the veteran left-hander is owed $48 million through 2015.

After finishing last in the National League East for the second straight season, the Marlins are certainly open to making moves that will benefit them in 2013 and beyond.

To make immediate strides next season, the Marlins will be relying heavily on strong starting pitching. Johnson, Buehrle and Nolasco each have track records of success, and all three threw more than 190 innings in ’12.

There is a feeling that if any of them is seriously discussed in trade talks, it would be closer to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline than before the start of Spring Training.

Joe Frisaro

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