"When you're in our situation, expect people to be traded," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When you're in a better situation, you expect to add people. Right now there is so much stuff about trading.
"It's not like it was in the past. Now it's a situation about [the] Draft, [consulting] with MLB, the medical thing. Right now I don't hear anything from [management]. If they make a trade, I won't be surprised at all. I think they're doing the right thing here. I think they're doing the right thing for the club. They are thinking with their brains, not with their heart."
Several players could be on the bubble.
Josh Johnson is the most publicized one. Carlos Lee, a free agent after the season, is another. And now that Carlos Zambrano is being moved to the bullpen, perhaps the veteran could be a chip for a team looking for pitching depth. Heath Bell, who lost his job as closer, is another possibility.
The Marlins have already been active, having made three major trades this month.
On July 4 they acquired Lee from the Astros. Then, on July 23, after the club fell farther behind in the standings, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante were dealt to the Tigers for prospects, including pitcher Jacob Turner. Two days later, Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate were sent to the Dodgers in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi and prospect Scott McGough.
"We made a few trades, and people went, 'Wow,'" Guillen said. "Maybe those trades we made will help in the next couple of years. Like I said yesterday, we're not trading for kids in Single A, Rookie League. We're trading for kids who can help us very soon. That's a good start. I think what they're doing right now is the right thing. They're doing a pretty good job of trying to put the best team together for a few years to come."