ATLANTA -- Every team in the majors can play this game of 'what if,' but just think where the Marlins would be now if June had never happened. Remove that 5-23 atrocity and the Marlins are 47-30 overall. Or let's pretend it this way. Let's say the Marlins had merely gone 14-14 in June (remember all those one-run losses?). If that had been the case, they would be 61-44 -- a half-game in front of the Braves in the NL Wild Card race.
Heading into their month-ending series against the Braves, the Marlins own the best July record in the National League (16-8).
If the Marlins don't play "Let's Make a Deal" before Sunday's non-waiver trade deadline -- and every indication is that they're sitting chilly -- it'll mark the first time since 2007 that they didn't complete a July trade.
Here's a look at their July moves the past three seasons:
2010 -- July 31 -- Traded Rick Vandenhurk to the Orioles for Will Ohman.
July 30 -- Traded Jorge Cantu to the Rangers for Evan Reed and Omar Poveda
2009 -- July 1 -- Traded Aaron Thompson to Washington for Nick Johnson.
2008 -- July 31 -- Traded Gaby Hernandez to Seattle for Arthur Rhodes.
-- The Marlins have received calls on about 10 players, with lefty relief specialist Randy Choate drawing most of the outside attention. But Choate is under contract for $1.5 million next season, and the Marlins don't think there's anything they could receive in return for Choate that would be more worth than that modest sum.
-- Not surprisingly, the Brewers contacted the Marlins about Omar Infante following the injury to Rickie Weeks, but the Marlins aren't interested in trading their second baseman, either.
Chris Coghlan has suffered yet another injury. This time it's his right elbow, which he hyper-extended on Wednesday in a rehab game for Single A Jupiter. The Marlins have recalled him from his rehab assignment, but word is there was considerable swelling and bruising to the elbow.
Coghlan has battled knee and shoulder injuries this season, as well.
-- Right-handed reliever Ryan Webb (DL -- right shoulder) completed his first side throwing session off a bullpen mound on Friday. Best-case scenario: he returns to the Marlins in a couple of weeks.
-- Josh Johnson (DL -- right shoulder) remains on no-throw status.
"I'm sorry that Mr. Conine feels that way and I admire him for all that he accomplished in his career. :Proud to leave my skin on the field and the sweat on my uniform every night for my team, as we pursue our winning goals. End of story. We have games to win!"