The Marlins' farm system ranked 29th in baseball before the season, according to Baseball America and ESPN, partly since former top prospects like Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison have graduated to the Major Leagues. Yet Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel that his system isn’t as bare as it seems and that the Marlins have players they could move in summer trades.
“We have pieces,” Beinfest said. “Some of them we may not want to move, but I can’t remember a situation where we haven’t been able to make a trade because of inventory. There are definitely situations where we haven’t wanted to move that inventory."
Beinfest insists that the Marlins have pitching depth despite injuries to Alex Sanabia and Sean West. They expect John Buck (.658 OPS) and Hanley Ramirez (.615 OPS) to hit better, so Beinfest says he doesn’t see glaring holes on the Marlins, who are atop the NL Wild Card standings with a 31-23 record.
“We like what we see,” he said. “We think we have the right people. An injury can change things as we get closer to the deadline. You always want to enhance. Maybe depth is an issue.”