The Miami Marlins have made it a mission to acquire a power hitter to insert into their starting lineup. They made a hard run after Cuban first-baseman Jose Abreu, but had to bow out when the bidding exceeded a $60 million contract.
Following that, the Marlins have made it known that they could trade some of their starting pitching surplus to add a bat to add power to their lineup.
The Angels want pitching,and sources say they’ve indicated a willingness to other teams to trade Peter Bourjos or/and Mark Trumbo to get it.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 29, 2013
Bourjos is an interesting player, but he plays a position that the Marlins have a ton of depth at and is not known for his power. He would have been an interesting fit in center field at the spacious Marlins Park, but it’s doubtful the Marlins would have much interest in him.
Trumbo on the other hand is exactly what the Marlins are looking for. Trumbo owns a career 251/.300/.473 with 95 home runs. He has also proven to be durable, playing in at least 144 games in each of the past three seasons.
Compare that to incumbent first-baseman Logan Morrison, who owns a .249/.337/.427 slash line with just 42 home runs. Morrison’s career high in games played is 123, all the way back in 2011, having played in just 178 in the past two seasons combined.
Trumbo has also graded out as a solid defender at first base by both UZR and DRS. Morrison was seen as a major liability at first base by most defensive metrics in 2013.
What would it take for the Marlins to get Trumbo?
Would the Marlins trade Henderson Alvarez for Mark Trumbo?
I don’t think they would prefer to do that. Look for the Marlins to push hard for the Angels to take back prospects Brian Flynn, Adam Conley, or even Justin Nicolino. The Marlins will likely be hesitant to trade 2012 first round pick Andrew Heaney as well.
Mark Trumbo is exactly the kind of hitter the Marlins are looking to add this off-season and his price tag won’t come cheap. It’s time for Loria to show if he is indeed serious about building a perennial contender.