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Could the Miami Marlins – a team that has won three in a row and are 7-3 over their last 10 games – tear their current roster apart and start over? That’s the story being told on, a site that covers the game. According to Devan Fink, this Miami Marlins team, the one that started slow but has caught fire of late, might make trades at the deadline that would break up the core of the team’s future. “With a sale potentially upon the horizon, the Marlins appear to be headed in a different direction for the future. A new report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggested that the Marlins could be “wide open” entering the deadline, assuming they do not turn things around in the next few weeks. And, for a few valuable, young players, this could mean playing in a new city come August 1,” Fink writes. Clearly, the writer hasn’t been watching the team this week, or he would see there is some improvement in the pitching staff and the lineup has been producing runs and hitting the long ball. Fink has proposed the team might look to trade outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, along with catcher J.T. Realmuto. He makes the argument they were three pieces who were thought to have been part of the next contending Marlins club. Instead, it’s possible that they all could be on different contending teams just within a few months. And, if Miami does not turn things around, those three could be hot commodities come trade deadline time. It’s conjecture for sure, but it may have some validity if the team starts the second half of the season like it did the first half. Right now, the Miami Marlins are 27-33 on the season, which is 8.5 games out of the lead in the National League East. The Miami Marlins could look for pitching help – in the rotation and in the bullpen. There hasn’t been consistency from either this season. Edinson Volquez finally looks like a leader as a starter – two shutouts in his last two outings including a no-hitter. But the remaining starters have been plagued by injuries and poor performance. Could an offensive star bring pitching depth in return? Also, given the state of the Miami Marlins minor league system, a few arms for the future could be worth looking to make a trade or two without dismantling the core of the MLB roster completely.

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