Originally written on The Fish Pond  |  Last updated 12/23/11
MIAMI — With Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison regarded as “off limits,” the Marlins are finding it difficult to trade for frontline starting pitching. Miami pursued Gio Gonzalez for more than a month, but Oakland’s asking price always included either Stanton or Morrison. Becauses the Marlins are not willing to part with either, they are finding it difficult to lure in a legitimate All-Star pitcher. If the Marlins had more high-end prospects, perhaps they would have been able to swing a deal for Gonzalez. They don’t, and the A’s on Thursday dealt their All-Star left-hander to the Nationals. Miami’s search for a frontline starter continues. For Gonzalez, the Marlins were willing to part with any number of their top Minor Leaguers. They just weren’t willing to do it at the expense of their every day lineup. So what’s next? Javier Vazquez, who had a remarkable second half, maintains he is retiring. The Marlins aren’t expecting him back, and they’re looking in other directions. Left-hande...
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