Marlins prepared to make changes if struggles continue

His team unable to get on a roll, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest is exploring roster moves before the July 31 trading deadline.

"Will we be active? Yes, always, and it’s already starting," Beinfest told reporters Sunday in Arizona before Florida’s game against the Diamondbacks. "The chatter has picked up in the last week. Teams now have a pretty good idea of who they are and what they’re going to be heading into the break."

The Marlins are generally aggressive in making deals, and players such as second baseman Dan Uggla, third baseman Jorge Cantu and right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez frequently are mentioned in rumors. Still, Beinfest is downplaying the idea of wholesale changes.

"We have some people (in the minors) we think are ready that can help if we wanted to tweak, if we wanted to make a trade or two. I don’t think were going to force anything," he was quoted as saying.

Beinfest also pointed out that he wants to maintain a solid core into 2012 when the Marlins open their new stadium.

Mainly, Beinfest remains hopeful his players will finally make a run this year. "We’re not writing off the season," he said. "You can get hot, things can happen — the old Colorado Rockies thing. It’s just been frustrating because we haven’t seen that coming yet and it’s hard to foresee it at this point."

His team unable to get on a roll, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest is exploring roster moves before the July 31 trading deadline.

"Will we be active? Yes, always, and it’s already starting," Beinfest told reporters Sunday in Arizona before Florida’s game against the Diamondbacks. "The chatter has picked up in the last week. Teams now have a pretty good idea of who they are and what they’re going to be heading into the break."

The Marlins are generally aggressive in making deals, and players such as second baseman Dan Uggla, third baseman Jorge Cantu and right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez frequently are mentioned in rumors. Still, Beinfest is downplaying the idea of wholesale changes.

"We have some people (in the minors) we think are ready that can help if we wanted to tweak, if we wanted to make a trade or two. I don’t think were going to force anything," he was quoted as saying.

Beinfest also pointed out that he wants to maintain a solid core into 2012 when the Marlins open their new stadium.

Mainly, Beinfest remains hopeful his players will finally make a run this year. "We’re not writing off the season," he said. "You can get hot, things can happen — the old Colorado Rockies thing. It’s just been frustrating because we haven’t seen that coming yet and it’s hard to foresee it at this point."

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