The Miami Marlins could be a major player if there is a trade deadline. Which players should be considered untouchable as the season progresses?
Regardless of the progress, the Miami Marlins organization has made the last two years, acquiring top prospects in return for dismantling their proven roster, the organization is still building at every level.
That hasn’t changed regardless of the work stoppage because of the COVID-19 virus. As teams start their preparation to get back on the field, the Marlins front office is still working to get better as a franchise.
With the proposed half-season of baseball on the table, that has been approved by the league office and team owners and is awaiting approval by the players association, there is a belief that ball clubs will return to the diamond within the next few weeks. that means real baseball could be played by July. And with that comes the thought of how Miami’s roster will look.
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It also brings up questions of whether or not general manager Derek Jeter and president of player personnel Michael Hill will look to make deals to strengthen what is already an improved roster for 2020. I’m of the belief the team will still reach out and attempt to sign Yasiel Puig to serve as the team’s designated hitter and part-time outfielder. There are a few more players who could look attractive to the front office, veterans who would not only provide leadership but would also give this team a better chance of winning in a shorter time span.
Because every major league team will be racing to the finish line because of the shortened season, more trades may be made than usual. In this “Season of Odd,” the Marlins must decide whether trading away top prospects is worth making a run toward the playoffs.
When talking about the importance of making a deal that is beneficial for the Marlins, I defer to my colleague Kyle Franzoni of Halo Hangout. He is spot on when he says teams must make trades that provide equal value for an organization while not alienating the fanbase in making such deals. The Marlins haven’t done such a good job the past few years under Jeter of calming the natives’ fears of this franchise sinking into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean at South Beach.
Jeter has been successful in gaining top-notch prospects in return for players like Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, and Marcel Ozuna. And the organization was more active this off-season during free agency and Hot stove. But should this team fall on hard times, where the progress that was expected does not happen this year because of the shortened season or the team overshot on its belief there is less improvement than expected, what do the Miami Marlins do at the MLB trade deadline, if there is one?
With teams in the playoff hunt will surely dial-up South Florida to see who is available. But, there are a few players/prospects who should be considered untouchable.