A lost season for the Miami Marlins just got worse on Saturday even though they came away with a convincing win. The Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 14-3 as the offense exploded for 21 hits. The bad news came when All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon left the game in the seventh inning with a thumb injury. The Sun Herald is reporting that x-rays came back negative for any ligament damage, but Gordon will still miss some time, including Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Gordon tried to stay positive about his dislocated thumb.
“There is definitely some relief it’s not as bad as it could have been. It’s just sore. I actually was moving it around afterward.”
Gordon will be on the sidelines with Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out since late June with a broken hand. The two players were both supposed to start the game, but now the Marlins are left without any active representative on the National League squad.
Miami is in fourth place in the N.L. East, 11 games behind the Washington Nationals. The wild card situation isn’t much better as they are 10 games behind and have seven teams ahead of them.
A quick scan on the Marlins roster shows they have a few parts to sell, but no real big ticket items. Dan Haren is due to become a free agent after this season, and he has had a decent first season in Miami. In 17 starts he is 6-5 with an earned run average of 3.34. He could be attractive to any team that is looking for a starter, but doesn’t want to give away the prospect package it would take to land a Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels, or Jeff Samardzija.
Mat Latos is also set to become a free agent so the Marlins will try to get something for him. Unfortunately Latos has had a rough 2015 season so far. He is just 3-6 with an ERA near 5.00 and he has allowed a hit per inning. He still could get the Marlins a second-rate prospect.
Former Marlins closer Steve Cishek might be of interest to contending teams. He has pitched pretty well for Miami since he returned from his demotion to the minors.
On the offensive side, the Marlins don’t have much to offer other teams. Power hitting first baseman Michael Morse might be an attractive bench piece for some team. Utility man Martin Prado would probably draw interest but he is out with a shoulder sprain. If Prado can take the field for Miami after the All-Star break and prove he is healthy he could become a nice trade chip. FOX Sports is reporting that Prado should be ready to go when the Marlins return to action on Friday. Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki could also help some contending club. As reported on earlier at the Inquisitr the Seattle Mariners might be interested in a reunion with the Japanese star.
The Miami Marlins had an active offseason, but things never quite gelled for the team. The Marlins then became a laughingstock when they hired Dan Jennings, a man with no managerial experience, to lead the team. Maybe a reset before the 2016 season is needed for the Marlins and their fans.
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