Giancarlo Stanton’s injury is devastating for Miami.
Even with the slugger having somewhat of a down year, and the Marlins being 12-3 when Stanton is not in the lineup, there is no question losing his presence in the lineup is a huge blow.
There’s really no replacing Big G and what he brings to the table. The Marlins, who currently sit tied with the Cardinals for the 2nd wild card spot in the NL, will need to make a move to make an effort to reinvigorate the outfield position for a stretch run.
Carlos Gomez, who is currently having a very down year for the Astros, was designated for assignment this week.
His .210 average and 5 home runs won’t get any Marlins fan to jump out of their seat, but he is the perfect type of player to acquire for a stretch run.
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Over his career, Gomez has been a polarizing player who shows his emotions and plays with a purpose. He’s been the center piece of a Johan Santana trade, and was a two-time all-star for the Brewers.
Gomez seems like the type of player who needs a change of scenery.
Ichiro has been thrown into the lineup as a regular in RF now, which shows how valuable of an insurance piece he is for this ball club.
With all due respect to Ichiro, I believe a platoon is in Miami’s best interests, especially for when the Marlins face lefty starters.
Like I said, the potential is there for Gomez. In 2013, he finished 9th in MVP voting after hitting 24 bombs and swiping 40 bases. It’s not like he was a slash in the pan either. He followed up that season with another All-Star season in 2014.
Of course, we are two years removed from these years, and no one is expecting Gomez to come into a lineup and return to form.
It is, however, a perfect opportunity for Miami to buy low for a high ceiling player. With the Marlins having already shipped a large portion of their weak farm to San Diego this season, a trade like this with only a small haul going Houston’s way would be ideal.
There is the option of waiting it out and seeing if he is released fully by Houston.
The danger of this is there have been rumblings that the Cardinals are also interested in Gomez, so losing out on him is a real possibility.
There is also an Xavier Scruggs option, who has 19 bombs in New Orleans this season for the Marlins AAA affiliate. This would allow Miami to not have to give up any prospects while still allowing a right handed batter to platoon with Ichiro.
While the 28-year old Scruggs does have some talent and potential to contribute, Gomez’s past and future potential for Miami is too exciting to pass up on for me. Not to mention the results hitting coach Barry Bonds has been able to get out of Miami’s young players this season.
With MLBTradeRumors reporting that the Marlins did in fact have interest in Gomez, this seems like a realistic scenario.
Marlins President of Baseball Operations made it clear that they are searching around for ways to improve the ball club.
“We’re right in the thick of this thing, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help in any way we can,” Hill said.
Gomez fits the bill with this quote. Miami needs a player for the outfield, and Gomez needs a change of scenery.
Seems like a perfect match.