With many minor league prospects waiting their turn to reach the Majors, will the Miami Marlins make deals at the trade deadline for hitting help?
If the Miami Marlins are going to sellers at the MLB Trade Deadline, the deals the front office make may come within their own division once again. After an offseason that saw the team send Catcher J.T. Realmuto for catcher Jorge Alfaro, top minor league prospect Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, could this organization once again seek a deal from one of their National League East rivals?
Fansided’s Call to the Pen explores the possibility of the Atlanta Braves seeking young talent to help them in the future. Both
"“The Miami Marlins attempt to overhaul their roster has not gone as planned,” writes David Hill. “Not only were they panned when they traded Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton, with the experts claiming that they had not received enough of a haul in return, but those trades look even worse in retrospect. Yelich has blossomed into a perennial MVP candidate with the Brewers, while Stanton, when healthy, has been the middle of the order power bat that the Yankees craved.”"
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Both Harrison and Diaz figure to be on the team’s roster by Sept. 1. Diaz also figures to be the team’s starting second baseman next season, replacing Starlin Castro and the $16 million the team would have to pay him in 2020. Harrison should be a candidate to win the centerfield job next season.
Lewis Brinson has become a curious case as he has not been successful at the plate on the Major League Level, but has found his strength and power at Triple-A New Orleans.
Both players, according to Hill, are not on MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects list.
I would disagree in the notion the Marlins would trade either player, especially to a division rival and could seek help in the way of power hitters from other sources.
As Joe Frisaro points out, it might be veterans who are moved for young hitters to help the team in 2020.
"“The Marlins have several veterans with expiring contracts. Closer Sergio Romo, outfielder Curtis Granderson and infielder Neil Walker are new additions this season on one-year deals. All three could be on the move before August,” Frisaro adds. “For weeks, clubs have reached out to Miami regarding second baseman Starlin Castro, who is having a down season, but has a history of success. Infielder Martín Prado’s contract is also up at the end of the season, but he’s currently on the injured list with a right hamstring strain.”"
There are others to consider as well. What will happen with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen? The starter turned reliever is owed $20 million this year and $22 million next season. Moving him might be near impossible. The Marlins don’t appear to be willing to trade young arms with controllable contracts. The thought of any of their young starters being on the trading block is unthinkable to some but might happen due to an overabundance of talent.
The Marlins may also look to trade Adam Conley or Tayron Guerrero instead.