The Miami Marlins have been the surprise of the first half of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, and should they stay in contention throughout July, they could be players at the trade deadline.
Marlins Park has been extremely kind to the team this season. For whatever reason, they are extremely tough at home but have struggled to win on the road.
It's tough to figure out whether or not the team is for real this year. It has certainly held its own, thanks to possible National League Most Valuable Player award candidate Giancarlo Stanton. However, it's still been a surprise that the Marlins have been able to hang around after losing Jose Fernandez in early May.
Miami is statistically an average team both on offense and on the mound. At some point, the front office will have to figure out if this squad is good enough for the playoffs this season or if it needs some help. Depending on where the club sits in the standings in the middle of July, it could be either a buyer or a seller at the deadline.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Marlins are involved in or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.