Would the Miami Marlins, after building a minor league system full of young pitchers and growing hitters, make a deal to bring in a big bat for the lineup?
I know we talked at links recently about Miami Marlins players who are untouchable. For an organization that is suffering through the early part of the 2019 MLB season, this franchise might be stuck by its own doing.
Marlins have done a good job by stocking their minor-league system with frontline pitching. By doing so, they have acquired chess pieces to use as trade bait. Miami is one of the worst hitting teams in the Majors right now, and their lack of power in the middle of the lineup is frightful.
If the Marlins want to make some headway in moving up in the National League East standings, they are going to need a bat or two. Does the front office, namely Derek Jeter and Michael Hill remedy the situation by packaging one or two prospects and potentially a veteran to help the batting order?
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We already know who won’t be traded, meaning the likelihood of any of the starting pitchers in the rotation with the exception of Jose Urena are “safe”. The team wouldn’t dare trade Brian Anderson because he is a cornerstone of this franchise. Minor-league prospects like Monte Harrison, Joe Dunand and Isan Diaz are building blocks as well.
"“I know Marlins fans are used to seeing their favorite players being traded, and no one is truly untouchable,” writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “But a good number of these players acquired are part of the bigger, long-term picture.”"
My best guess is the front office will have to determine which young arms they can part with and replace in short order. There are plenty of prospects who are excelling down on the farm, which still leads me to believe this organization can make a move without blowing the entire blueprint up.
Just a note here, Edwin Cabrera, the Marlins No. 8 minor league prospect, was stellar in his last outing at Jupiter.
"Per MLB.com, “After giving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first start of the year, Cabrera has bounced back with a pair of scoreless starts, totaling 11 innings. The 21-year-old, who threw 44 of his 67 pitches for strikes on Wednesday, has a 0.98 WHIP this season and has amassed 15 strikeouts, while walking just two, over his past two starts.”"
The Marlins could look a bit different at or after the All-Star break, with several names added to the 25-man roster. Harrison, Diaz and potentially Nick Neidert and Zac Gallen could make their way to South Florida.
The bullpen is still having a few issues with consistency. Lewis Brinson is caught in a slump he must work through and there is still no power to speak of to win games when needed.