Braves: Miami Marlins reportedly open to making trades soon

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The Braves need to add ahead of the MLB trade deadline, and Michael Harris’ injury only adds more incentive for Alex Anthopoulos to act quickly. Typically, that’s difficult to do this far away from the trade deadline, but it does appear at least one team is willing to make moves now.

In a recent piece for The Athletic, Patrick Mooney, Will Sammon, Katie Woo and Ken Rosenthal went into depth about a number of topics regarding the upcoming trade deadline. Among them was the Miami Marlins’ willingness to start dealing right now rather than waiting.

“With trade targets such as Jesús Luzardo to offer, the Miami Marlins are very open to the idea of making a deal sooner as opposed to hanging onto their trade candidates as close to the deadline as possible, people familiar with their plans said. The thinking within the league is, if the Marlins find a deal they like, they are going to go with it — regardless of the calendar.”

I recently discussed the Marlins as a potential trade partner for the Braves. Trades within the division are not all that common, but Miami has done it on several occasions in recent years, including a mid-season deal with the Braves that brought Adam Duvall back to Atlanta, who helped propel the Braves back to the World Series.

Perhaps the success Duvall had in Atlanta after the trade would make the Marlins a little more hesitant this time around, but they are an organization headed for a pretty significant rebuild and currently sport one of the worst farm systems in baseball.

“The Marlins must improve their farm system. Multiple evaluators characterized it simply as “in tough shape” or “not good.” The Athletic’s Keith Law ranked Miami 28th out of 30 teams before the season, and multiple evaluators said it remained a bottom-five farm system.”

The Marlins shouldn’t be too concerned with where they are trading their players. The primary focus should be on the guys they get back in return. I wouldn’t expect the Braves and Marlins to complete a blockbuster trade for a star pitcher like Jesús Luzardo. However, picking up another outfield bat like Bryan De La Cruz could be something worth exploring.

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