ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting the Marlins have Colorado's Brian Fuentes and Baltimore's George Sherrill -- a pair of experienced lefty relievers -- at the top of their trade wish list, no surprise since the Marlins have been vigorously shopping for a late-inning southpaw for their bullpen. According to Stark, rival clubs say the Marlins are dangling lefty reliever Taylor Tankersley, who failed to keep his relief job with the Marlins and was demoted to Triple A Albuquerque. The report said Colorado has interest in young right-hander Ryan Tucker, who the Marlins just returned to Double A. If that's the case, the Rockies have apparently lowered their demands for Fuentes, who is receiving strong interest from a handful of teams, not just the Marlins. The Rockies had indicated they were looking for a "premier" pitching prospect. It is believed they asked the Yankees for Ian Kennedy and the Red Sox for Clay Buchholz.
Along with Fuentes and Sherrill, the Marlins could also be looking at a cast of lefties that includes Seattle's Arthur Rhodes, Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte, Cincinnati's Jeremy Affeldt and Minnesota's Dennys Reyes, among others.
My question is this: as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, should the Marlins be positioning their sights on a lefty reliever to strengthen the bullpen? Or, seeing how little production they are receiving from their catchers, should they be trying to get better behind the plate, as difficult as help is to find at the position?