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Miami Marlins willing to take on salary to make a trade happen

The Miami Marlins are buyers. You can repeat that sentence as many times as you want thinking that it might change if you say it enough, but it will remain true.

The 2014 MLB Trade Deadline is nearly upon us, and the Marlins are legitimately buyers.

This isn’t even a situation born out of delusion or misunderstanding. The Marlins are in the thick of the race for a playoff spot, and with lots of young talent on the roster, the Marlins are looking to make a deal to bolster their roster.

On their list of priorities, the Marlins are the most focused on adding a starting pitcher who is under cost control. According to Joe Frisaro and Maria Torres of MLB.com:

Miami’s mission is well-defined: Add a starting pitcher, preferably one with controllable service-time years.

As for what it takes to make a deal work, the Marlins are flexible. Even with a shady history and Jeffrey Loria at the helm as the ever-questionable owner, that includes a willingness to take on salary to match up in a trade.

If need be, the club is willing to take on salary.

“I would say we’re looking at everything,” Hill said. “Money deals, prospects deals, we’re looking at everything.”

Of particular interest to the Marlins, to the surprise of nobody, is John Lackey and his $500,000 salary in 2015. But if that deal doesn’t line up, it sounds like the Miami front office is willing to be flexible to go get a different pitcher to help their efforts.

Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumblings from the baseball hot stove this trade season.

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