The Miami Marlins are telling other clubs, “We are open for business.” And already, those clubs are calling Marlins officials, inquiring about trades for specific players.
Among the Marlins drawing interest, according to major-league sources: third baseman Hanley Ramirez, first baseman Carlos Lee, right-handed starters Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco and left-handed reliever Randy Choate. Of that group, Lee and Choate will be free agents after this season.
The Marlins’ position is clear: They intend to make baseball trades, not simply dump salaries. And the first of their moves came Monday, when they sent right-hander Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers for a package headed by right-hander Jacob Turner.
One source says the Marlins will “absolutely try and try hard” to move closer Heath Bell, but the team isn’t optimistic that such a move will happen.
Bell, who has blown six saves with a 6.05 ERA, is in the first year of a three-year, $27 million free-agent contract. Like many of the Marlins' recent signees, his deal is back-loaded. He will earn $9 million in both 2013 and ’14.