The Florida Marlins have struggled through some tough love to SS Hanley Ramirez and OF Logan Morrison this season. But between Morrison, Ramirez, Gaby Sanchez, and Mike Stanton, and potential bats like Emilio Bonaficio and Chris Coghlan, the Marlins have been exciting to watch this year, even if they don't have enough for post-season play. On the pitching front, Josh Johnson is a pure ace when healthy (which is proving to be a big if), and both Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez have posted 3 WAR seasons so far (26th and 6th in xFIP respectively).
But with the locker room and other potential problems, the Marlins could try to shake up their team in the off-season as they move into their new stadium. That being said, they have some bats/headaches that some teams would love to have on their team. With the Marlins excess hitting and in need of a durable ace, I could see the Marlins matching up well with the Rays for a Shields blockbuster. Ramirez is a pipedream even if he plays at a premium position(and expensive, expensive, expensive) but perhaps Logan Morrison is attainable for the right price. How well do you think the Marlins matchup with the Rays on a potential pitching trade, even if the Rays don't move Shields, but move someone else? Who would you like to target the most from the Marlins in a potential trade?
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