Trade Deadline Nears for Floundering Marlins

The Marlins are not in contention for a playoff spot and are expected to make multiple trades

The Miami Marlins are limping towards the trade deadline and are poised to be sellers in what has become a lost season.

After entering the year with sky high expectations, Miami finds itself with one of the worst records in Major League Baseball. With multiple players set to become free agents, the Marlins have little choice but to trade away some talent. By making moves now, Miami can better position itself for the future.

The most likely candidates to be dealt by Miami are Dan Haren and Mat Latos. Both pitchers have contracts that expire this season, and neither is expected to return to the team. Haren has enjoyed a fine season and could net Miami a decent return. Latos has battled production issues and injuries which will likely put a damper on his value.

What makes Haren more attractive than other pitchers on the trade block is his salary and experience. The veteran has been a consistent and dependable player in his long career. Haren is also having his contract paid by the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. Any team that trades for him undoubtedly benefit from a financial standpoint.

Beyond Latos and Haren, the Marlins have other contracts that they may look to vacate. A player such as Jeff Baker has been mentioned in trade rumors. The veteran reserve has been excellent against lefties in his career, but is currently on the disabled list. If Baker can return prior to the deadline, he may be moved by the Marlins.

While the Marlins are expected to be sellers, they are fully expected to retain standout players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon. The trio are part of an excellent core in Miami and the team is expected to try and contend again in 2016. Having these players on-board will be critical to the team's success. These players being around should also help in the team's potential free agent pursuits.

The MLB trade deadline is set for July 31.

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