Trade Bait

The Florida Marlins entered the All-Star break at 42-46. The ownership still wants you to believe this team is a playoff contender. But the reality is that the Marlins will start to trade players in the coming weeks. It’s predictable and sad. But mostly, it’s sad. As it is every year around this time, the first name to float around as trade fodder is Dan Uggla. The All-Star second baseman never saw a pitch he didn’t think was in the strike zone, which is why most teams have been iffy about pulling the trigger to get him. But when Uggla connects, he brings the hurt on the baseball, making him a perfect fit for a contending team. The only question: Whom will baseball operations president Larry Beinfest get for Uggla? The answer is prospects — which, when translated into English, means more dudes none of us have ever heard of. But Beinfest has been known to have something of a magic touch in finding hidden gems. So there’s always a good chance we’ll land a future star for Uggla or whomever the Fish find it necessary to trade away. And just as that prospect is making noise and we all finally learn his name, he’ll be traded for more prospects. And so the perpetual wheel of crap spins. The Marlins will host the Atlanta Braves this Friday at Sun Life Stadium.
Fri., July 23, 7:10 p.m., 2010


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