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GM DAN JENNINGS ON THE MARLINS’ APPROACH TO THE TRADE DEADLINE

Over the course of the current road trip, Marlins General Manager Dan Jennings has joined me on Marlins On Deck to discuss the ballclub’s season to date and assorted other topics. Last night, we discussed the Marlins’ approach to the upcoming non-waiver trading deadline. Will the Marlins be buyers, sellers or neither?

Here’s a complete transcript of his comments from last night’s Marlins Radio Network pre-game show:

“We’ve had on-going discussions pretty much since the start of the second half. We had a meeting with the team. We shared some things with them that are positives that need to transpire. At that point we had 21 games remaining against Washington and Atlanta, the two teams that are in the lead in our division. So, to a degree, we kind of hold our own destiny. So we somewhat issued a challenge. We talked about the positives that these guys have done and what they’ve been able to accomplish in this first half, and I think, now, it’s a case where we will weigh everything that comes our way.

“If something makes sense for us to do that helps our club now and also helps us going forward, then it’s something that we have to strongly consider doing. But to go out and just make a trade for trade’s sake because we have pieces that other people like…the one thing that (President of Baseball Operations) Mike (Hill) and I along with (Owner) Jeffrey (Loria) have talked about is we don’t want to do anything that will undo the positive foundation and the culture change that has been laid in place for this year.

“But we’ll have extensive meetings coming up once we get back home. We’re going to pull in a lot of our pro scouts and a lot of our VPs and take their temperature on things and get their opinions on what they see that we need to do or what we shouldn’t do, and we’ll make decisions that way, based upon what’s going to be in the best interest of the Miami Marlins.”

On balancing the short term gratification of attempting to win in 2014 with the organization’s hope to become a perennial post-season contender in the long-term:

“That’s the fun part about being in the positions that Mike and I are in. Everyone wants to win now. We want to win now. But we also have to look at the best interest of what we’re trying to do long term to sustain success in this organization. And we will definitely do that.

“But I will tell you, and the message that we relayed to our players: We like this team, and we believe in this team.

“You know, for me, certainly the outcome matters now, but it’s how you play. And how these guys are playing right now gives us all belief and the feeling that good can occur.”

I’ve got more with Dan Jennings on Marlins On Deck at 6:40 tonight on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Tonight, I’ll ask the Marlins GM specifically about the club’s long-term plans for Giancarlo Stanton.

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STAT OF THE DAY (JULY 11 at NYM)

With Henderson Alvarez and Zack Wheeler matching up as the Marlins and Mets open a 3-game series at Citi Field tonight, you might anticipate a low-scoring pitcher’s battle.

In 3 starts against the Mets this season, Alvarez is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA, including a 6-hit shutout in a 3-0 win May 6 in Miami. Alvarez hasn’t allowed a run in his last 18 1/3 innings against New York.

In 3 starts against the Marlins in 2014, Wheeler is 1-0 with a 0.43 ERA, including his first major league complete game and shutout in a 1-0 victory at Marlins Park on June 19. The 24-year-old allowed only 3 hits, walked one and fanned 8 in the 111-pitch gem. Wheeler has shut the Marlins out over his last 16 innings of work.

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The Marlins and Mets open their weekend series at 7:10 tonight, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (JULY 9 at ARI)

Marcell Ozuna’s 2-strike, 2-out, 2-run home run off Addison Reed in the top of the 9th last night gave the Marlins a 2-1 victory over the D-Backs and ran Ozuna’s season RBI count to 51.

With Ozuna joining NL leader Giancarlo Stanton (62 RBI) and Casey McGehee (53), the Marlins are the only National League team with 3 50-RBI men so far in 2014.

In the American League, only the Athletics have 3 players who’ve topped the 50-RBI mark: Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson both have 63 RBI, while Yoenis Cespedes has 56.

9 teams have a pair of 50-RBI men, 7 have one so far, while 12 big league clubs don’t have a single player to 50 RBI yet this season.

The 2013 Marlins had 2 players reach 50 RBI all season, with Stanton leading the team with 62 RBI and Justin Ruggiano finishing 2nd with 50.

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The Marlins go for their 3rd consecutive series win as they play the rubber game of a 3-game series in Arizona at 3:40 today, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 3:10 with Marlins On Deck. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 26 at PHI)

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In last night’s 3-2 win over the Phillies, Henderson Alvarez allowed 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 2/3 innings en route to his 5th victory of the season.

Beginning May 22, the 24-year-old has allowed 2 runs or fewer in each of his last 7 starts, going 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in 46 1/3 innings in that span. In the process, he’s lowered his season ERA to 2.32, 4th-best in the National League behind only Johnny Cueto of the Reds (1.86), Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals (2.08) and Josh Beckett of the Dodgers (2.28).

The Marlins have won 10 of Alvarez’s last 11 starts, including each of his last 8. That’s the 2nd-longest streak of its kind in franchise history. In 1993, the Marlins won 9 consecutive Chris Hammond starts between May 19 and July 2.

Overall in 2014, Miami is 11-5 when Alvarez starts.

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The Marlins try to make it 3 of 4 in Philadelphia at 7:05 tonight, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:35 with Marlins On Deck. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 25 at PHI)

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With his league-leading 20 home runs in 77 games this season, Giancarlo Stanton has slugged 137 long balls in 566 games, 5th-most in Marlins history, and only one behind Miguel Cabrera for 4th place on the club’s all-time list.

Stanton is only 18 homers shy of breaking Dan Uggla’s franchise record of 154, achieved in 776 games.

Here’s a look at Miami’s top all-time sluggers:

Dan Uggla 154 HR in 776 G

Hanley Ramirez 148 HR in 943 G

Mike Lowell 143 HR in 981 G

Miguel Cabrera 138 HR in 720 G

Giancarlo Stanton 137 HR in 566 G

His 20 homers and 58 RBI have Stanton within 4 long balls and 4 RBI of matching his full-season 2013 totals despite 39 more games played and 136 more at-bats a season ago.

Stanton’s current .308 batting average and .401 on-base percentage both represent significant improvements over his full-season career bests of a .290 average in 2012 and a .365 OBP in 2013.

His 89 hits and 42 walks have him on pace to smash his previous highs of 135 hits in 2011 and 74 bases on balls set in 2013.

With 53 runs and 20 doubles, he’s well on his way to surpassing his career-bests of 79 runs scored in 2011 and 30 doubles in both 2011 and 2012. His 7 stolen bases have already surpassed his previous personal high of 6 in 2012.

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The Marlins continue their 4-game series in Philadelphia at 7:05 tonight, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:35 with Marlins On Deck. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

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