After watching the Marlins routinely trade players to dump salary, All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has made it known that he wants to see the team start showing franchise stability and a commitment to winning.
Trading closer Steve Cishek, according to a major-league scout, might send the wrong message to Stanton, especially if the return is a haul of prospects, which is what the Padres received from the Angels in their trade for closer Huston Street a few days ago.
“I don’t think there’s much chance Stanton ends up staying [long-term] with the Marlins anyway,” the source said. “But if they move Cishek, what’s that telling [Stanton]? If they traded Cishek, they could pretty much kiss him goodbye.”
With the Marlins gradually sliding out of the playoff race, the Cishek trade rumors are beginning to heat up.
But, so far, the Marlins are telling teams they haven’t made a decision on which direction they intend to go — with Cishek or with anyone else — as the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaches, the source said. The Marlins could be waiting on the outcome of their four-game series with the Braves before making up their minds.
Cishek is making $3.8 million this season and will command much more than that next season through salary arbitration, making the reliever an obvious trade candidate for the payroll-challenged Marlins.
Cishek’s trade value is enhanced by the fact that he’s not eligible for free agency until 2018, and any acquiring team could control him for three seasons beyond this one.
The Marlins intend to offer Stanton a contract extension after the season. The actions they take in the days leading up to July 31 could greatly influence those discussions.
ALVAREZ SET TO GO
All systems are go for Henderson Alvarez to make his next scheduled start in Atlanta on Thursday. Alvarez left Saturday’s game early after being struck in the leg by a sharp one-hopper.
Manager Mike Redmond said Monday that Alvarez had recovered nicely and should be good to start.
• When he returns to the mound Tuesday for his first start since June 11,Jacob Turner
said he should be able to throw as many as 75 to 90 pitches. Turner threw 59 pitches on July 13 in the last of his eight relief appearances, followed by a simulated game Thursday in which he threw 75 or 80 pitches.
“I’m definitely excited,” Turner said. “I look at it as an opportunity to show what I can do. But, really, the most important thing is going out and giving the team as many innings as I can. Obviously, this is a big series, and we’re getting to the point now where we have to win.”
Marlins RHP Turner (2-6, 6.22 ERA) at Atlanta Braves LHPMike Minor
(3-5, 4.86), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.
Marlins RHPNathan Eovaldi
(5-5, 4.08) at Braves RHPErvin Santana
(8-6, 4.03), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.