Despite acquiring Luis Arraez from the Minnesota Twins, the Miami Marlins were not expected to do too much this season.
Preseason projections were not kind to them.
However, they have defied those expectations and are now at the top of the National League Wild Card race.
They own a record of 53-39, which is the second-best mark in the National League.
A team that typically sells at the trade deadline is more than likely looking to buy instead.
Marlins General Manager Kim Ng certainly understands that the opportunity is there given the unique state of the market.
On MLB Network Radio, Ng discussed how the market is in a unique spot and currently favors the sellers.
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Ng discussed how at this point, a lot of teams are looking to sell some pieces off and are assessing who might end up being traded away as they try to figure out what the best deals for their teams will be.
She even predicted that because of this, the trade market may not unfold very quickly, if at all.
Ng cited both Central divisions as perfect examples.
No team has command in either the NL Central or AL Central.
In fact, in the AL Central, no team is above the .500 mark as we enter the second half.
Ng noted that the market may start to develop once a team starts to pull away in either division, but that if this doesn’t happen, we may not see much activity at this deadline.
Ng says she has never seen a market like this and believes that the Central divisions and the new playoff format have a lot to do with it.
The next few weeks should determine how the market will develop.NEXT: Luis Arraez Made Unique And Elite All-Star Game History