Miami Marlins Likely to Target D’backs in Trade Deadline: From the South Beach Correspondent
Compared to preseason expectations, the Miami Marlins are in a fantastic position. No Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez is the next big thing an NL top-five ERA they are only within six games out of a playoff spot despite being a tad under .500. That being said, the Marlins have two major holes that must be filled in July, and they can find their solution in Arizona.
The metaphorical visualization of the Marlins starting rotation resembles that of Two Face; Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi and Tom Koehler represents the beautiful side and the 4-5 guys (Brad Hand, Jacob Turner, Kevin Slowly, Randy Wolf, Anthony DeSclafani, Andrew Heaney and whoever-the-hell-is-next) are clearly the ugly side. They badly need help in that area. Hopefully Hand, who was solid in his last start and is scheduled to start next on Tuesday, who continue to pitch well and have the Marlins just look for one starting pitcher. Unfortunately with Bronson Arroyo on his way to Tommy John surgery, there may not be a suitable veteran pitcher for the Marlins to go after in Arizona.
They also need a sure thing at second base. Both Rafael Furcal and Derek Dietrich are injured and weren’t really playing in an All-Star level when they were healthy.
There are plenty of options available if Marlins general manager Dan Jennings plans on doing a little trade deadline spitball with the Diamondbacks brass, whether it be baseball chief Tony LaRussa or GM Kevin Towers or even CEO Derek Hall, the likely targets would be Hill or Prado.
The Diamondbacks has a lot of depth in the middle infield but have no plans on trading their younger infielders such as rookie Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings and Didi Dregorious. Both Hill and Prado are signed through 2016 and both are currently struggling at the moment.
Prado is struggling to a .275/.321/.370 slash line and Hill is worse (.241/.275/.363) but Hill currently has 42 RBIs in 84 games which puts him on pace for 80 RBIs, something that the Marlins would gladly take.
We’ve seen this from Hill before. In 2011, Hill struggled with similar numbers in 104 games with the Toronto Blue Jays who were dead last in the Al East with no hopes of contending for the postseason. He hit .315 with the Diamondbacks after being acquired in August just in time for the NL West divisional race.
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson’s explanation to me was that Hill had nothing to play for Toronto and being in his first playoff race inspired him to hit better. Safe to say whoever trades for him will get a better Aaron Hill than what the Diamondbacks are currently getting.
Unless more starting pitchers and second basemen become available for trade, the best course of action realistically for the Marlins is to acquire Aaron Hill.