The Marlins want to see how they play over the next couple of weeks before making decisions on how receptive to be to trade inquiries on a few players, including closer AJ Ramos, according to a source who has spoken to the team’s front office.
The Marlins could move quickly if they get a great offer for Ramos, but the source said there is internal sentiment to waiting.
Ramos, who is earning $6.5 million, is 9 for 9 on save opportunities and has a 3.74 earned-run average.
If the Marlins – who have played very well recently - don’t climb back into playoff contention, they likely would be open to dealing Ramos, and there assuredly would be a market for him.
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Asked the time frame for that, the source it would become obvious when the team has no real shot of contending.
The Marlins (29-35) are 10.5 games back of both wild card teams at the moment – the 41-26 Diamondbacks and Dodgers, who each trail the Colorado Rockies by one game in the NL West.
Several of the team’s other veteran relievers, including David Phelps, already are considered available in trade talks. So is pitcher Tom Koehler, who’s in Triple A.
The Marlins, at this point, haven’t shown an inclination to tear down the roster or deal outfielders Marcell Ozuna (who’s having a great season) or Christian Yelich, for example.
With the Marlins in advanced sales talks, they likely would need to consult with MLB and the prospective new owner before engaging any team in serious trade talks on Giancarlo Stanton.
On Craig Mish’s and Jim Bowden’s show on Sirius XM this week, Commissioner Rob Manfred was asked if the Marlins would need to get permission from MLB if they decide to shed salary before the July 31 trade deadline.
“I am hoping we get some clarity well before the trading deadline,” he said. “I have no reason to believe the Marlins are going to be quote unquote sellers in the players market at this point. It would be best for all concerned if we got to point where we know who the new owner would be before that happens so they have some input in that process.”
The Marlins continue to negotiate purchase agreements with groups led by Derek Jeter and Tagg Romney. Both groups are still trying to firm up their group of investors, sources said.
• Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria are on the their rehab assignments this weekend with the Double A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. (Yes, that’s their name. The Marlins’ top two minor league affiliates are, in fact, the Baby Cakes and Jumbo Shrimp.)
• Some feedback on Marlins first-round pick Trevor Rogers, the prep lefty from New Mexico, courtesy of MLB Network:
Studio analyst Harold Reynolds: “This is the best lefthander in the draft. When I watch him throw, clean, electric.”
Former Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd: “He's nasty. Andrew Miller type slot. Almost unhittable from left-handed hitter standpoint. Got deception. There's not much not to like.”
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo: “He popped up in the summer. He came out of the summer throwing mid, upper 90s. Didn't do it quite as consistently this spring but didn't always have to. The competition in New Mexico is not great. There's more to come for him.”
Analyst Bill Ripken: “Tends to keep the ball around the strike zone. He tends to repeat his delivery well.”
After selecting Rogers, Miami then selected 10 consecutive college players. Some background on those:
• University of North Carolina center fielder Brian Miller in Competitive Balance Round A (36th overall). He hit .343 with seven homers and 49 RBI this season and was 24 for 30 in steals.
• North Carolina State shortstop Joe Dunand (Miami native) in the second round (51st overall). Dunand hit 18 home runs and slugged .632 this season as a junior and is the nephew of former MLB star Alex Rodriguez.
• University of Kentucky second baseman Riley Mahan in the third round (89th overall). Mahan batted .336 in 66 games this season, leading the Wildcats in home runs (15) and RBI (67).
• Stanford University right-handed pitcher Colton Hock in the fourth round (119th). Hock set a Stanford single-season record with 16 saves this season, and is one of five finalists for the Stopper of the Year Award; the winner will be announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in Omaha on June 17 at 11 a.m.
Hock led the Cardinal with a 2.08 ERA and a .211 average against and converted 16-of-18 save chances and held opponents scoreless in 22-of-27 outings.
• UC-Riverside right-hander Ryan Lillie in the fifth round (149th). Just 2-7 with a 4.69 ERA in 20 games (10 as a starter) but had 80 strikeouts in 70 innings.
• University of Southern Mississippi right-hander Taylor Braley in the sixth round (179th). The Marlins drafted him as a pitcher and he was 7-2 with a 3.40 ERA and 78 strikeouts last season.
But he was even better as a hitter, batting .313 with 17 homers and 61 RBI.
• University of Notre Dame left-hander Sean Guenther in the seventh round (209th). Was just 2-6 but just a 2.64 ERA in 24 games, all in relief, and had seven saves and 69 strikeouts in 58 innings.
• South Alabama catcher Jared Barnes, selected in the eighth round (219th), batted .320 with 13 home runs this season, and had a perfect fielding percentage in 51 games, throwing out 13 of 23 runners attempting to steal.
• Center fielder Cameron Baranek (Hope International University) was picked in the ninth round (269th). He was an NAIA honorable mention All-American and batted .354 with 14 home runs.
• University of California third baseman Denis Karas, chosen in the 10th round (299th), had 12 homers (tied for the Pac-12 lead) and 37 RBI in 54 games but batted just .242.
The Marlins’ other picks:
Round 11 – Dakota Bennett, LHP, Albert P Brewer High School
Round 12 – Josh Roberson, RHP, UNC Wilmington
Round 13 – Jan Mercado, Catcher, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Round 14 – Demetrius Sims, SS, Bethune-Cookman University
Round 15 – Brady Puckett, RHP, Lipscomb University
Round 16 – Gavin Fritz, RHP, Dallas Baptist Unviersity
Round 17 – Dylan Cyphert, LHP, Gulf Coast Community College
Round 18 – Bryce Howe, RHP, Oral Roberts University
Round 19 – Micah Brown, SS, Lewis-Clark State College
Round 20 – Matt Givin, RHP, Rock Canyon High School
Round 21 – Ben Fisher, 1B, Eastern Kentucky
Round 22 – J.D. Osborne, Catcher, University of Tampa
Round 23 – Tyler Curtis, 3B, Lynn University
Round 24 – Montana Parsons, RHP, Baylor
Round 25 – Evan Estes, RHP, Merced College
Round 26 – Gunner Leger, LHP, University of Louisiana – Lafayette
Round 27 – Doug Domnarski, LHP, University Connecticut
Round 28 – Vincenzo Aiello, RHP, Oklahoma
Round 29 – Henry McAree, RHP, Lewis-Clark State College
Round 30 – Michael Donadio, LF, St. Johns University
Round 31 – Harrison White, OF, Yale University
Round 32 – Elliott Barzilli, 3B, Texas Christian University
Round 33 – Kyle Farjad, LHP, Palm Beach State College
Round 34 – Karl Craigie, LHP, University of Texas San Antonio
Round 35 – Tyler Hotlon, LHP, Florida State
Round 36 – Josh Alberius, RHP, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Round 37- Jared Price, RHP, Maryland
Round 38 – Cody Roberts, RHP, North Carolina
Round 39 – Brandon Boone, RHP, St. Edwards University
Round 40 – Andrew Turner, Long Island University
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