Marlins could stand pat at Trade Deadline

ATLANTA -- Deals are starting to be made across the league. For now, the Marlins are staying the course.

Unless something absolutely makes sense, the Marlins appear willing to go with what they have. They also are not in any rush to part with any big league pieces.

The Marlins have informed clubs that closer Steve Cishek is not available. Whether that changes before next Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline remains to be seen.

Relief pitchers are in high demand. One veteran just became available. The A's designated former closer Jim Johnson, who labored with a 6.92 ERA.

In early June, the Marlins reportedly had interest in Johnson. But Miami ended up acquiring Bryan Morris from the Pirates for a Competitive Balance pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

Lefty Mike Dunn is another reliever who has drawn interest in trade talks.

At the 100-game mark, the Marlins are 47-53 and in fourth place in the National League East.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter