They haven’t done much winning lately, but the Marlins sure are holding a lot of meetings.
Just days after owner Jeffrey Loria got the entire team together for a big pep talk Hanley Ramirez held a closed-door meeting for players only, with an unnamed “veteran player” telling Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “He said all the right things. I was impressed.”
Ramirez isn’t known for his vocal leadership, but explained that “sometimes there’s a time when you have too many things in your heart and you just want to say it.”
They went on to beat the Blue Jays, snapping a six-game losing streak, but the Marlins are just 3-15 dating back to June 3, dropping from 31-23 to 34-38.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.