Not only didn’t the Marlins make any deals before the nonwaiver trade deadline Wednesday, they “never really got the sense that anything was [ever] close,” said Larry Beinfest, president of baseball operations.
“We made a bunch of deals in the last year,” Beinfest said. “[Wednesday] wasn’t our day.”
The Marlins decided to stick with the cast of logical trade suspects — would-be free agents such as Chad Qualls, Greg Dobbs, Juan Pierre and Justin Ruggiano — rather than trade them for what likely would have been a very negligible return.
The Marlins decided they were better off keeping those veterans in an attempt to win as many games as possible with a roster designed largely around younger, developing players.
“If you look at some of the would-be free agents, or guys that are maturing in terms of service time, if we didn’t think they were important for us to be here and were not productive, obviously we’d make a move,” Beinfest said.
Beinfest acknowledged that “we threw something out late” in terms of a trade, but “we got a response after the deadline that it wasn’t going to happen anyway.”
The Marlins were reported to be dangling Placido Polanco to the Yankees, who are in search of a third baseman. But nothing came of it.
Qualls bore the brunt of some significant — and rather elaborate — ribbing from teammates after his fist-pump-and-stumble episode that made lots of highlight reels.
Qualls stumbled and rolled on the field after making an emphatic fist pump for striking out the Mets’ Omar Quintanilla in Tuesday’s eighth inning.
When he showed up Wednesday, teammates had created an elaborate “crime scene” mocking the incident. They dressed up a mannequin to look like a sniper, with a bat used in place of an actual rifle, and positioned it on the second deck, looking down on the field. They placed Qualls’ jersey at the spot where he fell and surrounded it with crime tape.
That wasn’t all.
When the team came out for its stretching exercises before batting practice, they had arranged to have video of his spill shown on the videotron while accompanied to The Blue Danube Waltz and Free Fallin’.
Qualls explained how it all happened:
“Once I got the strikeout, I was pretty excited,” he said. “So I probably went for a bit too much of a fist pump there, and then my ankle rolled. At 245 pounds, you can’t really stand up. So I just tucked and rolled and popped up, and in my head pretended nothing happened. But, by the time I got in the dugout, I was like, ‘Man, that just really happened.’ ”
• Rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez turned 21 on Wednesday.
• The Marlins have sold left-hander Duane Below, who made two relief appearances for them this season, to the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization, pending a physical. The transaction would create an opening on the 40-man roster.
• Former big-league pitcher Frank Castillo, whose only start with the Marlins in 2005 was the final outing of his major-league career, drowned in Arizona earlier this week.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67 ERA) vs. New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (7-5, 2.71) vs. Cleveland Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-5, 4.17), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Harvey, who started the All-Star Game for the National League, will be making his fourth career start against the Marlins. He has yet to receive a decision, allowing six earned runs in 17 1/3 innings.