Are the Marlins -- 8 games back of the Braves in the National League East and 6 1/2 games back in the wild card -- in or out at the trade deadline?
On one hand, they're just 6 1/2 games back in the wild card, but they're also behind six teams for that spot, including two in their own division, the Phillies and Mets.
What to do, buy or sell? Apparently the Marlins are "confused," according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports .
The Marlins have a seven-game trip out west leading up to the deadline, with four games in San Francisco and then to San Diego, the wild card and NL West leaders, respectively.
Despite the team's confusion, they're still talking to the Rangers about Jorge Cantu. The team could call up Logan Morrison and play him in the outfield. Morrison, who has been moved from first base to left field, is hitting .306/.424/.485 at Triple-A New Orleans. If the team calls up Morrison, Chris Coghlan will be moved to third base.
The Rangers are the latest team that is supposedly interest in Cantu, along with the Rockies and Giants.
While Cantu is expendable, the true barometer of how the Marlins feel about their chances will be Cody Ross. If the team thinks they can win, they'll keep him and then likely non-tender the arbitration-eligible outfielder after the season. If they think they're out of it, they'll get something for him in a trade. Ross, 29, is making $4.5 million this season. He is hitting .273/.330/.402 with eight home runs and 38 RBI.
The Red Sox and Braves are reportedly interest in Ross. If the Marlins do think they have a shot, it's unlikely they'd send Ross to a divisional rival.
UPDATE: CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller reports the Rangers and Marlins are talking and if a deal gets done it will likely be in the next day or two.
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