Miami Marlins: 5 Players to Not Sell at the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline
By Matt Melton
While there may be a big list of the players that the Miami Marlins will potentially sell at the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline, what about the players that they shouldn’t?
When looking at a potential “selling” team, almost every player you could make an argument could be potentially available. However, for the sake of this article, let’s assume that the following players will be 100% untouchable over the next two weeks for the Marlins: Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers, Jazz Chisholm.
Who shouldn’t the Miami Marlins sell at the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline?
While each player will obviously garner different levels of interest and potential returns, there are a few Marlins that will be more sought-after trade targets than others. However, if it is one of these five players, the Marlins should not sell them at the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline, unless it is too-good of an offer to pass on.
5. C Jorge Alfaro
2021 Season Stats: .216 AVG, .270 OBP, 304 SLG, .574 OPS, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 4 SB
While Miami could end up trading the 28-year old catcher over the next 2-3 weeks, it is simply unknown as to how much, if any, interest other clubs will have in the Marlins backstop. One could argue that it would make sense to move on from Alfaro, who is having one of the worst seasons of his six-year career, but I’ll say the Marlins shouldn’t sell him for one sole reason.
You don’t have to look far to find that sole reason is depth, as the Marlins have arguably no clear-cut starting major league caliber catcher available behind Alfaro. While handing over the starting role to Triple-A catcher Chad Wallach would be an option, the Marlins should hang on to Alfaro, who is still under team-control for two more years, and is bound to turn things around offensively at any moment.