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From left to right: Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis and Henderson Alvarez arrived last year from Toronto in the 12-player fire sale trade. Will the Marlins pull off another blockbuster this offseason?
Fiction ... for now: The Marlins will not complete a blockbuster trade this offseason
But the Marlins are looking to wheel and deal, that's for certain, just not to the extent of last year's 12-player fire sale.
“We want talent, but we’ve done our prospect deals," Marlins president of baseball operation Michael Hill told the Miami Herald. "We’re trying to get better and acquire players that help us now, and in the future.”
As stated earlier, the Marlins want to acquire about three impact hitters and the Miami Herald reports Hill's preference is to get players with proven major-league experience, but also ones the team can control contractually for three years or longer before the onset of free agency hits.
That means All-Stars such as Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese probably won't work as they will be free agents after the 2015 season. Los Angeles Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo is a possibility since he won't be a free agent until after the 2016 season.
If the Marlins don't sign any impact bats through free agency, they are prepared to part with their most valuable asset to acquire some hitters, which is young starting pitching.
“When you have starting pitching that you’re willing to part with, you should be able to make some deals,” Hill said. “I don’t think we’ve focused specifically [on one particular trade or player], but there are some situations that you feel encouraged by, and you think that there’s something to be done.”
Obviously, National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez is untouchable, but so is No. 2 starter Nathan Eovaldi and closer Steve Cishek, according to Frisaro. A more realistic trade piece appears to be Jacob Turner. First baseman Logan Morrison has attracted plenty of attention because of the increasing scarcity of power at that position, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted, but no trade is close although the Marlins are listening to prospective offers.
One crazy idea floating in the stratosphere is a major prospect-for-prospect trade.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman thinks the Marlins and Cubs could swap prospects since the Cubs have four huge positional prospects in Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, while the Marlins have pitching prospects such as Andrew Heaney, Justin Nicolino, Adam Conley, Jose Urena and Brian Flynn, in addition to Turner and Henderson Alvarez.
However, Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick, isn't eligible to be traded until June. Moreover, such a trade carries major risks, which makes this an unlikely scenario.
In all likelihood, the Marlins will execute player-for-player trades with others pieces being thrown in if any deals were to occur.