jonnylons Posted July 10, 2004 Share Posted July 10, 2004 There are a couple of things to know about the season thus far: 1) this team has underachieved 2) the foundation for a winning ballclub is there 3) suffering from some bad luck - via injury 4) but also very lucky - .500, only 3.5 games back - thanks to being in the NL East where NO team is complete That all said, if we want to contend this season, I think it is becoming obvious that the time to deal is now rather than later. But what is complicating that is what kind of team this current team is going to be - the one that started the season on fire? Or the one that has been plagued by inconsistency and has struggled over the last month? The reason we started off so well is because we got excellent pitching from EVERYONE on this roster. Our starters were healthy, except for Burnett, and all pitched very well. The offense wasnt pressed to score 5+ runs a night. We were playing winning baseball. The only way to get back to that is to patch some things up. We need to weather the current storm and get healthy. Conine, Penny, Beckett all have to return. Less likely is Fox, Cordero and Phelps. Castro was a huge blow to this team. With the foundation in place, I think it is time to make a trade, now. We need to do something to communicate to the team, and its fans, that this year's team is in it and will be. I say, if possible, trade for Kendall. It wouldnt answer all of our problems, but he would be a huge lift to this team. First, he makes contact. He has more walks that K's, and strikesout very seldom. Also, he runs very well. Something this team does not do right now is run the bases well. In fact, it is the little things that are killing us and Kendall would give us more speed at a position we could use it - C. Remember, we were going to sign Fudge at $8M a year for 2 years with a 3rd option. I am not sure what Kendall's contract status is, but he is younger than Fudge and probably could come out to a similar deal if the Pirates pick up some of his contract. And also, the Pirates want to shed that contract badly which means, the more we pick up, the less we have to give up in talent. Whatever happens, if the Marlins want to be there in the end, they need to do something to re-energize this team. I think the foundation is there and this team could contend as is, but it would be better for the team to jump out, make a trade, and assure itself it will be there. Because we are faced with losing Benitez and Pavano if we dont contend. The future looks a lot brighter if we make things happen now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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