Expect the Marlins to be buyers this season before the July 31st trade deadline. Just don’t expect them to make any big moves.
Jayson Stark even speculates that the Marlins will be buyers. For anyone at BSPN to speculate as such means it is bordering on the obvious and predictable – so you can bank on that. But you can’t bank on the Marlins trading prospects away for a big name. Won’t happen. This team is shrewd if not spendthrift. They know their success will be built with young talent until they get well-settled into that new ballpark.
So, will the Marlins deal Josh Willingham to get a position of need? Possible, but not likely. The Marlins are living with Luis Gonzalez, Alfredo Amezaga, Cody Ross and Jeremy Hermida. Two of those guys are supposed to be on the bench, and when Willingham comes back that will happen. Ross as our everyday CF is still a bit of a reach for me, but he has shown a white hot bat at times and does man every outfield position pretty well defensively.
No, Cameron Maybin will not be brought up, so don’t even think that. He will come up and sit on the bench come September, but won’t play too much if we are fighting for a playoff spot.
Besides, the Marlins are looking at getting Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez and Sergio Mitre back here in the next month or so. They envision that as their big deal to push their team closer to the playoff hunt. Same goes for Willingham.
Expect the Marlins to be buyers as they push forward for the NL East crown and a wild card spot. Just don’t expect them to trade away young talent they have control over. Yes, Willingham is arbitration eligible, but with his MLB service tinged with injury, it seems likely they will still get a good deal for him.