Report: Marlins “not thinking about selling” and don’t want to trade Martin Prado

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Things have gone very poorly for the Marlins so far, with one fired manager and a 20-31 record, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com says that “doesn’t mean the club is thinking about selling any time soon.”

Martin Prado in particular stands out as a potential trade piece because he’s a good but not great 31-year-old veteran whose versatility could make him a fit with a lot of contending teams.

However, according to Frisaro the Marlins don’t think dealing Prado makes sense because he’s under contract for next season and the Yankees are paying $3 million of his $11 million salary. Frisaro also writes:

Prado is a leader on this team. Dealing him would be a tremendous blow to the clubhouse, and a signal of retreat to a market that is tired of rebuilding. Giancarlo Stanton didn’t sign here long term to see the towel thrown in after two months.

It seems a little far-fetched that trading a 31-year-old one-time All-Star with a .678 OPS this season and a .764 OPS for his career would be a crushing blow in terms of whatever remaining fan morale the Marlins have and whatever clubhouse leadership Prado brings to the table hasn’t kept the team from being terrible so far. (And within the past 12 months the Diamondbacks and Yankees were both very willing to part with Prado).

Of course, trying to make sense of the Marlins’ logic has often been difficult over the past decade or so.

Whatever the case, teams looking to swoop in and pick up some of the Marlins’ veterans will probably have to wait a bit longer.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.