Would the Miami Marlins break up their core of existing players to obtain help for their rotation

The Miami Marlins will look to acquire one or more starters for the team's pitching staff. Will they part with core players?

And the rumors of trade for pitching help for the Miami Marlins continue.

It’s hard to imagine the Marlins not parting with at least one piece of its “core” roster prior the start of the 2017 season, especially when starting pitching is the biggest need of the club this offseason. So what is Miami, more specifically Michael Hill, the team’s president of baseball operations going to do?

Hill told the Miami Herald last week he will not rule out making a trade to acquire a front-line pitcher. There have been rumors from several baseball sources that Gio Gonzalez, Edison Volquez and James Shields could all be considered for a space in the rotation. Maybe more than one of them. 

I would suspect there could be others added to this list once the playoffs end and teams gear up for a potentially hot offseason.

Joe Frisaro of has mentioned Gonzalez as a player the team would be interested in if Washington does not pick up his option for 2017 of $12 million.

According to Frisaro, the Marlins will look for "starters with a track record of quality performance" since it'll be difficult to find a true ace -- especially one the caliber of the late Jose Fernandez. Last week, Marlins executives said they won't look to replace Fernandez but will work to contend.

He also points out that Marcell Ozuna, Adeiny Hechavarria and Derek Dietrich could all be available to acquire a starter for the rotation.

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