Trading Retainable Players
Another part that Marlins’ fans may not be in favor of. Trading some of our retainable talent for future talent. As I typed that last sentence, two names came to mind. Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna.
Both of these players were shopped in the winter meetings, though the Marlins’ asking price was astronomical compared to the, then, value of the players.
Ozuna has been phenomenal this year so far. Being that Ozuna’s agent, Scott Boras, is not exactly a fan of the Fish, I’m not sure that we will see Ozuna past arbitration.
Given Ozuna can keep consistent with his performance, he has the possibility to become one of the emerging power bats in the big leagues. As much as I would hate to see him go, the Marlins could still get quite a return for him.
Once again the Dodgers would be a possibility along with teams like the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, or even the Houston Astros.
The fact that Ozuna still has arbitration left before hitting free agency helps the Marlins a bit when it comes to negotiations with other teams.
The same can be said in the case of Hechavarria. While the bat has not been there, the glove has. We have seen sure handed short stops with less than average bats get dealt in the past.
Anderlton Simmons comes to mind. While still having a better bat than Hech, Simmons was swinging rather light when the Braves dealt him to the Angels. I have long been a proponent of the Marlins dealing Hech while they still can.
With Miguel Rojas swinging the way he has been, there is little reason to continue paying Hechavarria a larger contract for subpar performance with the bat.