What the Luis Arraez trade says about the Marlins' future

Miami Marlins manager Skip Schumaker looks on while his team trails at loanDepot Park. Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The signal from Miami Marlins leadership about the decision to part ways with Luis Arraez is clear: Trading the batting champion was an acknowledgement of the team's dismal start to the 2024 season.

Peter Bendix, in his first year as head of baseball operations for Miami, said as much to reporters following Arraez's trade to the San Diego Padres, adding "We are unlikely to make the playoffs this year."

The Marlins are 9-26 and already 14½ games out of first place in the National League East. Their placement feels particularly bitter after making the playoffs last fall for the first time in a full season since 2003. Though they have not yet told other teams that they are officially open for business, the assumption in other front offices is that Miami will soon be ready to talk about more trades.

But here's the catch: Some rival executives mulling over the Marlins' roster don't see significant value available and believe that Miami will have difficulty drawing attractive offers for other members of the team.

Here are some of the pieces that make up Miami's roster -- and thoughts on the players who might be candidates to move.