Though Mike Cameron was picked up earlier in the month, the top two teams in Florida’s division are only going to be better for the remainder of the season.
Thanks to Houston, the first place Phillies acquired Hunter Pence and the Braves, leading the wild-card race, picked up Michael Bourn.
"That just makes it tougher in the future to catch these guys," manager Jack McKeon said. "It makes it tougher on clubs like the Mets, the Marlins and the Nationals down the road—not (just) now, but even in the future."
The Marlins might've been more aggressive if not for their 5-23 June. The team went 17-11 in July, including Sunday's 3-1 win over Atlanta, improving its record to 53-55 as it starts the final one-third of the season.
"We put ourselves in a hole, and we're still trying to dig out," baseball operations president Larry Beinfest said. "If we wouldn't have had what happened in June, it probably would've been a different weekend for us."