The Marlins have no intention of trading their core pieces before the July 31 trade deadline, preferring to leave those decisions to the team’s next owner.
In other words, don’t expect any headline-grabbers over the coming week.
President of baseball operations Michael Hill said Sunday that the Marlins are telling teams they’re not interested in trading Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour, Christian Yelich, J.T. Realmuto, Marcell Ozuna and Dan Straily.
“Those guys are core, controllable pieces,” Hill said, acknowledging that the uncertainty about ownership is one of the key reasons for the team’s reluctance to dealing a handful of their marquee players.
“I’d say that’s part of it,” Hill said.
Hill said he has received numerous feelers from other teams about trading those core players. But the answer is always the same.
“It’s not stopping calls from coming in,” Hill said of the interest. “It’s been fairly consistent, with people checking in to see where we’re at to see if we may be open to expanding the players we’re talking about. But we haven’t put any of those guys in play.”
The Marlins, instead, have no problem moving their relievers. They traded David Phelps to Seattle last week and have been engaged in talks for A.J. Ramos with about a half-dozen teams.
“The relievers are more trade deadline-centric,” Hill said. “You’re going to get value for those guys. You want to take advantage of the deadline.”
THIS AND THAT
▪ Tyler Kolek’s return to the mound 15 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery wasn’t pretty.
Kolek, the second overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft, gave up four runs in only one-third of an inning Thursday for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. He gave up a hit, walked two and hit a batter in the brief outing.
“The guy hasn’t thrown a pitch in 15 months competitively,” Hill said. “So you want to get him back and get the juices flowing and sharpen him up.”
Kolek, 21, managed to complete one full inning Sunday. He walked two but allowed no hits or runs.
▪ Hill said it’s possible left-hander Dillon Peters could join the Marlins at some point this season. Peters, who missed 2 1/2 months this season with a broken thumb, has been impressive since returning to the mound in the low minors. “That was our goal with him as we entered the season,” Hill said. “Obviously, the fractured thumb derailed that. But we’ll make sure he gets the development and innings he needs. We’ll see where he ends up.”
▪ Monday: Marlins LHP Adam Conley (2-3, 6.75) at Texas Rangers LHP Martin Perez (5-7, 4.72), 8:05 p.m., Arlington.
▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP Straily (7-5, 3.49) at Rangers LHP Cole Hamels (4-1, 3.78), 8:05 p.m., Arlington.