The Marlins are currently 2nd in the NL East and are 2.5 games behind the Phillies. They have a killer lineup that leads the NL in homeruns and is 3rd in the league in runs scored. Their team ERA, however, sucks. They have a team ERA of 4.76, which ranks 14th in the NL. They're a lot like the Tigers in the sense that their lineup rakes but their pitching is holding them down. Their rotation consists of a reliable but dickish Scott Olsen, a decent Ricky Nolasco, a young and talented but underperforming Andrew Miller, and Burke Badenhop and Mark Hendrickson, who both suck. Their bullpen isn't great either, although they have Reynel Pinto setting up for Kevin Gregg to close, which is working out nicely for them. Their long and middle relief aint so great, though. Also, their only non-reliable starting position player is their catcher, Matt Treanor. And they also have a bit of a logjam in the outfield with Cody Ross, Josh Willingham, Luis Gonzalez, and Jeremy Hermida, although that's not really a problem.
So the Marlins seem to be the exact opposite of us; crappy pitching, good hitting (even though our pitching is kind of underperforming aside from Timmy and Sanchez). But the Marlins are different in that they find themselves close to a playoff spot. The Phillies are having trouble with their pitching too, and the Marlins could easily catch up to them. But they're going to need some pitching if they want that to happen. What if we were to trade with the Marlins for a bit of their good hitting, and we give them a decent hitting, good fielding catcher and some pitching? Would a deal of Molina/Taschner/Correia for one of their young outfielders (Willingham, Hermida, Ross) and a minor league prospect like Matt Dominguez work? (And I know Sabes said that he wasn't thinking of trading Molina, but that's not really a definite 'no' and also this is pure speculation anyways) I also realize that Correia's stats don't make him look like much of an upgrade, but I'm sure he'll start doing better. He's shown a lot of promise in his starts since his return from his injury, but he always seems to give up a bunch of runs right before he comes out of the game. But this trade would balance out their rotation a little and also help their bullpen some. And they would also have an upgrade at catcher. And I'm sure their lineup wouldn't hurt too much from losing one of their outfielders. Do you think the Marlins would be willing to sacrifice a little bit of their hitting to improve their pitching?