CHICAGO -- Across the board, the numbers are not what Jose Reyes is used to.
Like everyone else, Reyes sees them and knows they don't reflect the type of player he is. The Marlins shortstop is batting .264 with six triples and 44 runs scored.
"It's been frustrating a little bit," Reyes said. "I haven't played this way in a while. I'd like to be more consistent in more ways, and make things happen for this team.
"I'd like to score more runs. Scoring runs, that's something I love. I know if I'm scoring a lot of runs, I'm helping this ballclub."
Reflecting how the season is going, Reyes has a five-game hitting streak, but he's 5-for-19 (.263) in those games, with three runs scored.
"I'm hitting .260, I'm not too happy about that," Reyes said. "I have six triples this year; that's not me. I'd love to put myself in scoring position with less than two outs. I know that when I'm doing that, I'm helping this ballclub."
Reyes' last triple was on June 16 at Tampa Bay. His most recent multi-hit game came on July 5, a span of eight games.
"I think Reyes is on and off," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's cold, and then he will swing the bat good and hit the ball hard. I think there is a little frustration."
The Marlins count on Reyes to energize. And even though the 2011 National League batting champion hasn't put up numbers like in the past, Guillen is impressed with the shortstop's work ethic.
"I can't say anything about anyone when you show up to play," the Miami manager said. "Has he struggled? Yes, we know he's struggled. But I think he shows up every day to play, and that to me is more important."
Good days or bad, Reyes plays with passion.
"We've got it from him," Guillen said. "Jose never changes. Even though he's struggled, he never changes."
Hanley, Bell involved in latest Miami trade rumor
CHICAGO -- A potential blockbuster trade is the latest rumor the Marlins addressed before facing the Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
USA Today reported the Marlins discussed sending Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell to the Red Sox for outfielder Carl Crawford.
The proposed deal, according to other accounts, has been dismissed.
Still, the rumors continue to swirl around a Miami squad that has underachieved. Clearly, the team is in a critical stretch to get back over .500 and into contention. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said the rumors shouldn't be a distraction.
"I don't think it should be a distraction, because when we are in the position we are, there are going to be rumors," the manager said. "They are going to try to add better players, and we've got some good players who can help. But it's all rumors."
Guillen added that he would be surprised if any deal was imminent, because the club still has time to make up ground.
"Would it surprise me if they did it right now? Maybe, because I think we're still fighting," Guillen said. "But it's not my department. People make trades and people make moves for a reason."
The fact the Marlins aren't in better position to make a playoff run does surprise the fiery manager.
"I thought we had better talent than where we are right now," Guillen said. "We're not talking about kids, we're talking about guys with credentials. That's what surprises me about where we are."
Bell, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal in December, is certainly used to being the subject of trade talks. His name has surfaced every July since 2009 when he was with the Padres.
"For me, personally, the last three years, my name has been out there," Bell said. "So it's just one of those things that I believe what the Lord is going to tell me to do. If He wants me to be traded, I play for Him automatically."
Guillen added that he learned of the Ramirez, Bell, Crawford proposal from his kids on Wednesday morning. Some of his friends with the Red Sox also called him later in the day.
"I just found out today," Guillen said. "One of my kids asked me about it. I don't know anything about it. The front office never said anything about it. But the rumors are going to be there no matter what.
"If we're playing good, I don't see any reason to trade people. But if we don't play the right way, this is a business. And they can do what they have to do. But not right now, no. Not that I know. I got a couple of phone calls from guys from Boston. This morning, I was, 'What?!?'"
Slam moves Lee up list featuring Hall of Famers
CHICAGO -- Add Carlos Lee's name to an elite list.
With one mighty swing on Tuesday night, Lee powered his way up MLB's all-time grand slam leaderboard.
Lee connected on a grand slam off Travis Wood in the Marlins' 9-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The drive to left was his 17th career grand slam. It's the second-highest active total in the game, behind Alex Rodriguez's 23. Rodriguez is tied with Lou Gehrig for the most slams ever.
Lee's now among a list of who's who.
Behind Rodriguez and Gehrig are Manny Ramirez (21), Eddie Murray (19), Willie McCovey (18), Robin Ventura (18), Jimmie Foxx (17), Ted Williams (17) and Lee.
Gehrig, Murray, McCovey, Foxx and Williams are Hall of Famers.
Why has Lee been so successful with the bases loaded?
"It's one of those things," the veteran first baseman said. "If you go out there and try to hit home runs, I think you're going to fail 90 percent of the time, or maybe more."
Lee was simply looking to drive the ball in the air.
"In that situation with less than two outs," he said, "I'm making sure I don't hit the ball on the ground."
Edward Mujica was reinstated off the disabled list on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander went on the DL on June 30 with a broken right pinky toe. After Tuesday's game, Miami optioned Ryan Webb to Triple-A New Orleans.
Guillen sees Webb as a talented reliever who should be pitching at a higher level. "One thing about Webb," the manager said, "I don't see any reason why this kid is in the Minor Leagues. This kid has got the best stuff in our bullpen. You talk about stuff-wise, this kid has got great stuff. He makes a lot of mistakes. He's not there yet. I hope, having him go down, he comes back like [Mike] Dunn did. I hope this kid takes a negative to a positive."