In a hypothetical world, would a move involving Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson to the Seattle Mariners be the best move for the struggling outfielder?
Sometimes, reading other sites here at FanSided.com will give you another idea of how the Marlins could pursue free agency this winter. Our friends at sodomojo.com proposed a trade involving Miami that could help the Mariners in the pitching department and provide another opportunity for Lewis Brinson to make a Major League roster.
"“The player we targeting here is a 25-year-old outfielder, Lewis Brinson. Once considered the jewel of the [Christian] Yelich trade, Brinson’s time in Miami has been nothing short of disastrous. In his 186 games with the Marlins, Brinson has posted a horrific -2.7 fWAR,” Patnode wrote."
Brinson, who looked the part in Spring Training this past year, could not hit in the Majors. He was sent to Triple-A New Orleans for the majority of 2019 where he belted 16 homes runs. When given a chance to show if he made improvements at the plate in September, there was some difference, but not enough to make him a guarantee to make the 25-man roster out of camp in March.
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A change of scenery might be what is best for him to regroup and produce. Also playing in the American League, where there may be more opportunities at the plate could help him become a viable five-tool player.
The move also helps the front office clear up some space in their bullpen. Urena may have been the team’s Opening Day starter, but he was injured for the majority of the season with a herniated disc and then was given the chance to win the team’s closer role and did not have the production the coaching staff hoped for.
The team figures to look for a veteran pitcher this offseason to help balance the young rotation and could also seek another veteran to help in the pen, potentially re-signing Sergio Romo to take over the ninth-inning specialist’s role. In return, the Marlins get players who could help in the minor league system in addition to Smith, who moves into the role Brinson played with the team.
"“The Marlins add a few decent prospects in Juan Querecuto and Ty Adcock, both of whom would slide into the Marlins Top 30,” Patnode added."
Miami’s front office did a good job of adding more players to the minor leagues at the MLB Trade deadline this past season, and now have one of the five best feeder systems in Major League Baseball.
What a move like that does is also clear payroll for the Marlins, which is something the front office would be in favor of. The franchise will continue to remain one of the smallest payrolls in the Majors unless the decision is made to open the checkbook and bring in top-level free agents this offseason.