A six-pack of Marlins notes on a Monday in which they were one-hit by the Nationals (in a 1-0 loss) and didn’t make a trade before the 4 p.m. deadline:
• The Marlins received offers for Dee Gordon and Dan Straily but none were tempting enough to pull the trigger.
In the case of Gordon, multiple teams tried to pry him for very little, believing the Marlins were eager to dump his contract, according to sources. But the Marlins were under no such obligation.
He’s due $37 million from 2018 through 2020, with a $14 million team option for 2021. The Marlins could buy him out for $1 million in 2021 if they don’t pick up that option.
If they were going to trade Straily, they wanted at least two high-end prospects or three very good ones, according to sources - something similar to what Oakland netted earlier Monday in trading Sonny Gray to the Yankees for three prospects.
As my colleague Clark Spencer noted, Miami talked to the Brewers and Royals about Straily.
“We didn't feel like anything made sense to move a player with three-plus years of control,” Marlins president/baseball operations Michael Hill said of Straily, who’s arbitration eligible for the first time this winter.
• Hill said the Marlins project Merandy Gonzalez, one of two players acquired in the A.J. Ramos deal with the Mets, as a “middle of the rotation” major league starter.
“We were excited,” Hill said. “Three pitches, athletic. Throws up to 97. [Has a] slider, changeup in place. He handles all aspects of the game. Fields his position. We’re very happy to add him to the mix.”
Gonzalez is 12-3 with a 1.78 ERA in Single A.
• Since returning from Tommy John surgery, Marlins prospect Tyler Kolek - picked No. 2 overall in the 2014 draft - has pitched three innings in four games, allowing three hits, 10 walks and nine runs.
“He’s progressing,” Hill said. “The guy hadn't been on a mound in 14 months. It's a process to get him back. We know he will work through it. We're happy he's healthy and can resume his career.”
• The Marlins haven’t decided if left-hander Trevor Rogers, their first-round pick in this year’s draft, will pitch for them this year. He’s a high-school player out of New Mexico.
“Like what happened last year with Braxton Garrett, the time between when they get drafted and their season ends, you just want to be careful,” Hill said. “If he pitches, he pitches. If not, it's not a concern.”
The Marlins didn’t pitch Garrett after drafting him out of high school last season, but he was injured this year and required Tommy John surgery in June.
• Hill said the Marlins have not ruled out a return this season for Wei Yin Chen, who has made only five appearances this year because of an injured left elbow. He said doctors have determined that no surgery is needed. “Just building him up, throwing bullpens,” Hill said.
He’s also “hopeful” Edinson Volquez (knee) will pitch again this season.
• Of the prospects added in trades in the past month, Hill said outfielder Braxton Lee is closest to the majors. He’s hitting .319 in Double A. Hill expects him to play in the Arizona Fall League.