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Giancarlo Stanton suffered a fractured left hamate bone Friday night and is expected to miss four to six weeks, raising the possibility that the Miami Marlins could be deadline sellers if they fall too far off the pace in the National League playoff race by mid July.
After all, the Marlins have a history of cutting bait when things don’t work out as planned. It does not have to be a complete rebuild, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests Martin Prado, who is on the DL with a shoulder injury until at least the All-Star break, could generate interest if healthy.
“The Mets and Yanks should be among many clubs intrigued” in Prado, who had an $11 million contract for 2016. The Marlins could look to save some cash on Prado, who can be used in the infield or outfield and is a career .290 hitter.
Here’s a look at a few more rumors that made the rounds over the weekend:
Jonathon Niese: The latest phenom pitcher make his debut for the Mets was Steven Matz, who allowed two overs over 7 2/3 innings and drove in four runs Sunday against the Reds. It is no secret that the Mets would like to deal from their surplus and find a new home for Niese, who is 3-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts this season. The Dodgers and Cubs reportedly have expressed interest in the lefthander. Niese is earning $7 million this season, is owed $9 million in 2016 and has club options for 2017 and 2018.
Jean Segura: The Brewers have no burning desire to trade Segura as part of any fire sale, but Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel notes that the organization is very deep at shortstop, where prospect Orlando Arcia could be the starter sooner rather than later. Segura is an attractive commodity who could bring back plenty in return since he is under club control for three more years.
Jeff Samardzija: It has been a disappointing season for the White Sox and one reason is Samardzija, who has a 4.53 ERA and has allowed a league-high 118 hits. His value in a deadline deal has likely taken a hit, and many scouts view Samardzija as a second or third starter. “That’s why the same teams looking at Clay Buchholz are looking at Samardzija — the Royals, Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Cardinals, Orioles, Angels, and Dodgers,” writes Nick Cafardo in the Boston Globe.
San Francisco Giants: The priorities for the Giants heading into the trading season are improving the bench and adding an outfielder in case the injuries to Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki are long term, reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Adding a front-line starter also is desirable, but that is unlikely given the glut of starters already on the roster.
Los Angeles Angels: The Halos are trying to trade for a bat and “have inquired on several players,” tweets Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com. An ideal fit would be a lefthanded hitter who can be used in left field or as a designated hitter. Angels’ left fielders rank 29th in the majors with a .208 batting average.