The Miami Marlins currently sit three games under .500, however thanks to the relatively weak National League East division they’re just six games out of first place. That’s still a hefty hurdle to overcome, but they’re by no stretch out of the division race.
Given that, that’s likely why their front office is insisting that both Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee will not be traded in the coming weeks.
The one man who would make an immediate difference, of course, is Miami Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Sorry, Marlins GM Dan Jennings hates to spoil anyone’s party, but Stanton isn’t going anywhere.
And, oh yeah, don’t think about third baseman Casey McGehee and his .320 batting average and 53 RBI.
While not trading Giancarlo Stanton is understandable considering he’s one of the best young players in the game, not moving McGehee is a little strange considering he’s essentially morphed into a journeyman. Yes, he’s having a fantastic season so far but you have to think there will be some regression and he’s not shown he can put up such numbers on a consistent basis. Of course, it’s doubtful many teams would be willing to give up much in terms of assets for McGehee so the Marlins may be best served keeping him. However, I don’t know if I’d go as far to publicly state that he’s not available.
If the Marlins are to put forth a run come the second half of the season, they’ll need to surpass both the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves who are separated by a half game atop the NL East.