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Now that the Marlins have missed out on C.J. Wilson, the team will place a greater emphasis on the trade market in order to get themselves one more quality starter.
The rotation currently features Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco. Here are some names the Marlins will look at.
Earlier this offseason, the Marlins called the Athletics on the availability of the local product. Reports stated the Athletics asked for either Mike Stanton or Logan Morrison.
That ended he conversation, as neither is available.
Gonzalez has already stated he wants to be here, telling the San Francisco Chronicle by phone, "It's good to be at home. My family and friends are here. I grew up in South Florida. There's great weather, a new stadium, a lot of positives."
The Athletics are in the same position the Marlins once were around six years ago, still trying to get a new stadium built, possibly by 2014-2015.
At the end, a package of Matt Dominguez, Gaby Sanchez (who they could flip for additional prospects), Marcell Ozuna, Chad James and Rob Rasmussen could bring Gonzalez here for a team that needs to build around players.
Like the Athletics, the Cubs are in a position to rebuild, but they would like to win now and will want a major league-ready package for Garza.
Garza would be the Marlins' No. 3 starter behind Johnson and Buehrle and would make the rotation as a whole way better.
Currently, Garza is arbitration-eligible as a Super Two and his price tag is expected to escalate to $8-9 million.
Davis could be used as a trade chip, considering a crowded but talented Rays rotation that also features David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, James Shields and Matt Moore.
The Marlins, if they signed either Cespedes or Fielder, could pursue a trade with the Rays for Davis, who has a team-friendly contract with options that carry it through 2017.
The Astros are all but likely to trade Rodriguez this offseason and continue the rebuilding process that they have undergone for the last couple seasons.
Rodriguez has three guaranteed years left at $36 million (option year becomes player option after a trade).
But he will be 33 next season, which has repelled most suitors away along with his price tag.
He would seem to be one of the latter options on the Marlins list, mainly because of price tag and whether he can be effective as he gets older.
The hot-headed pitcher is in limbo, as the Cubs are still pondering their next move with him. The Marlins, with Ozzie Guillen, seem like the best scenario for him to rebuild himself and his image.
However, this might be a possibility if the Marlins strike out with any aforementioned pitcher.