What the Future May Hold for the Fish
By Phil Kimmel
Trade Overpaid Veterans
I am way more of a fan of this one. In order to rebuild the farm system we will have to see some of our veteran players leave us.
None have earned that more than Chen. With the possibility that Chen may take his player option for next year, he would be vastly overpaid for the performance he has shown.
Trading Chen would be no easy task. But, finding a buyer is definitely something that could be done. Chen presents an option, not necessarily for a win now team, but, a team looking for pitching.
Assuming the Seattle Mariners do not re-sign Yovani Gallardo, there could be a match there. According to Bleacher Report’s breakdown of minor league systems, the Mariners are ranked 24th, just ahead of the Fish. Chen may be able to bring in a few prospects, low end of course.
Then there is Junichi Tazawa. We covered Tazawa recently in an article by our own Andrew Guthart. Tazawa would be tough to deal as he has been nothing short of horrid this season.
Though, recently Tazawa has shown improvement, I do not expect him to live up to the name he made for himself in Boston.
The Fish may be able to work a deal similar to what they did when they traded Steve Cishek to the Cardinals, which worked out well, receiving Kyle Barraclough in return.
While a trade may happen, the Marlins would likely be stuck with the majority of Tazawa’s contract. Another display of overpaying to have players come to Miami.