It's clear that the Miami Marlins are in a win-right-now attitude.
After an offseason that included opening a brand-new ballpark in downtown Miami, spending around $200 million in free-agents and bringing in new manager Ozzie Guillen—the Marlins franchise is expected to contend for the playoffs.
Hoovering around .500 all year while currently standing 5.5 games out of Wild Card contention, the Marlins find themselves in a bit of a tricky situation.
They have been out to prove all along that they want to be taken seriously within the baseball world. The team owners believe that a professional team in Miami can succeed and their previous years of ranking near the bottom of the league in attendance and payroll were over.
It's vital that the Miami Marlins go all-in at the MLB trade deadline if they want an honest chance at saving their season.
Continue to bring fans to the game
Last season, the Marlins ranked 27th out of 30 MLB teams in total attendance. They were also 28th in total league attendance while playing at Sun Life stadium whom they shared with the Miami Dolphins.
The new Marlins Park has made a significant impact on attendance. The team currently ranks 12th in home league attendance which has started to prove ownership's belief that South Florida can support a professional baseball team.
However, the Marlins rank near the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category which certainly won't help keep the buzz around the team that was there earlier in the season. It will be incredibly important for Ozzie Guillen and the Marlins to acquire some sort of offensive talent at the deadline to turn their offensive production around.
What should the Marlins do at the trade deadline?
Filling holes in the lineup
Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez were all players whom the Marlins had high hopes for coming into the season, but they have greatly underperformed.
Team President Larry Beinfest gave some words in a recent article in The Miami Herald regarding the performance of their stars:
“I’d like to think we have the pieces here,” Beinfest said. “But it hasn’t happened. We have a bunch of guys who are well below their career averages. You could say there’s plenty of room for improvement. But every day we keep waiting for that to happen. I don’t think [we had] unwarranted expectations. We just haven’t quite got there.”
Anibal Sanchez will be a free agent at the end of the season and could be traded to help bring in an extra offensive piece to the lineup. I'm sure the Marlins would love to trade away their arguably worst free agent signing in team history—Heath Bell—if anyone would actually want to take a chance on the struggling closer.
The Marlins already made a splash in acquiring 1B Carlos Lee from the Astros earlier this month who has played well since the trade. OF Justin Ruggiano has done a surprisingly great job in trying to fill Giancarlo Stanton's mammoth shoes during his injury.
If former All-Stars Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez can return to form and find their groove they can certainly help get the Marlins back into contention for a spot in the postseason.
If the Marlins continue on this trend of mediocre play as the trade deadline approaches though, then I wouldn't be shocked to see the team make another move or two in hopes of saving a season that the organization has been anticipating for years.