The Marlins mercifully finished the first half of their season Sunday with an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds, bringing them to a disappointing 38-51 at the midway mark of the year. For a team that came into the year predicted to compete for a playoff berth, that's pretty crappy. Making matters worse is Marlins fans can't even enjoy watching Dee Gordon or Giancarlo Stanton play in the MLB All-Star Game, because both have banged-up hands.
This is not what fans expected. The good news is, not all is lost! Hey, at least the team knows exactly what they are at this point in the season. They can now pawn off pieces they no longer need. (That sounded way more positive in my head before I typed it.)
Here are the most likely trade chips the Marlins will likely trade for concession stand chips.
Most likely to be sold to the highest bidder because this relationship was always built on lies: Dan Haren
Haren had to be talked into even coming to Miami in the first place when the team acquired him from the Dodgers, but he's pitched quite well. Haren has a 3.24 ERA and seven wins heading into the break, and has made it well known he would jump at the chance to play back on the West Coast.
The Dodgers paid all of Haren's salary this season, so the Marlins should be able to acquire something of value for him. Rumor is the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting Haren's starts the most.
Least likely to be traded, because this isn't a fantasy league your mom is in: Michael Morse
Probably not a lot of teams looking to pick-up a .200 hitter, especially one like Morse who is owed the remainder of his $7.5 million 2015 salary and his $8.5 million 2016 salary. Word is the Giants could be a potential trade partner for Morse, seeing as he had recent success there, and the Giants have battled injury issues.
Most likely to be sold dirt cheap on eay before he expires: Steve Cishek
Apparently the Twins, Tigers, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and others have been keeping an eye on Cishek. Let's hope teams have literally been using just one eye to watch him, and someone was cutting onions next to them at this time. There was a time a trade of Cishek would have netted someone decent from a contender looking for a setup man, but those days are long gone.
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Now Cishek is just your run-of-the-mill borderline Major League middle-reliever with a last name that is annoying to spell. The Marlins will be lucky to get anything back for Cishek, they might be better off just seeing if they can't fix him themselves.
The annual third-baseman trade: Martin Prado
Prado has been on the disabled list with a bum shoulder since June 18, and the Marlins just brought back last season's third baseman Casey McGehee; so if they choose to throw in the towel, at least they have someone. McGehee was the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year with the Marlins, but was traded this offseason to make room for Prado.
"Tits" only hit .213 with two homers and 11 RBI in 49 games for the defending World Series champion Giants, and they cut him — so he makes for the perfect Marlins third baseman during a lifeless second half of the year. He will proceed to turn things around just enough so that the Marlins are able to trade him again; such is the circle of life.
He'll be gone the minute someone on the other line says "we'll give you": Mat Latos
Latos has only gone 3-6 with a 4.90 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season, and continues to find new-and-exciting ways to suck. After being struck in the foot by a foul ball during batting practice, Latos said "I'm not even going to be able to go fishing during the All-Star break. The story of my life this year. I need to sacrifice one of those chickens running around in the parking garage." Yeah, the Marlins might want to trade Latos and his almost $10 million dollar salary if anyone is interested.