The All-Star break has come and gone. With that has arrived the annual trade market, which opened for business with the recent trade of hard throwing closer Francisco Rodriguez from New York to Milwaukee, fresh from the conclusion the All-Star game.
This year the Marlins have themselves in familiar territory around the break, just like they did last year when they were a mere few games under .500 and trying to make a second-half statement.
They are doing just that, currently on their longest winning streak of the season, albeit its comes against mediocre competition (Houston and Chicago). But they are doing the exact opposite of what they did in June.
If they keep on winning, maybe you don't consider making any drastic moves. However, considering the forthcoming holes the team has, you wonder whether a prospect who is barely hitting in New Orleans (Matt Dominguez, hitting .239/.303/.394 in 201 plate appearances) can be a savior at the hot corner or who will step up when impending free agent Omar Infante hits the free-agent market.
With a stadium on the horizon the Marlins would be foolish to trade one of their top pitchers in Ricky Nolasco or Anibal Sanchez, but will they? The Marlins would certainly have to acquire a major league player or top prospects in exchange for either, but the latter is likely not going to happen unless an owner makes a panic move for October.
Nevertheless, here are five moves (three of which are trades) the Marlins would be smart for doing to improve their team for the immediate future: