4. 1B/OF Garrett Cooper
2021 Season Stats: .291 AVG, .387 OBP, .481 SLG, .867 OPS, 9 HR, 32 RBI
Cooper will most-likely be one of the names that you hear teams looking at most leading up to the Trade Deadline, but will Miami move the 30-year old? Currently on track for the best single season of his career, it’s clear why there will be so much interest in Cooper, a potential option for teams at three different positions (1B, RF, DH).
However, the Marlins should not trade Cooper solely due to his emergence as Miami’s DH, should the NL adopt the position full-time in the immediate future. Still under team-control for two more seasons similar to Alfaro, the Marlins could trade Cooper for the right offer, but shouldn’t solely due to the veteran’s value for Miami for the immediate future.
3. 3B Brian Anderson
2021 Season Stats: .250 AVG, .316 OBP, .371 SLG, .687 OPS, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB
Currently on the IL with an injury, Anderson is nearing a return to the field, and could be a player that garners some interest from clubs over the next 2-3 weeks. However, similar to Alfaro previously, the Marlins should not entertain any offers for Anderson mostly due to depth purposes.
Anderson has been good during his five years in Miami slashing a combined .264/.346/.426, and appears to be a focal-point at the hot-corner for the Marlins going forward. While it’s possible the 28-year old could garner interest from teams, the Marlins should hold-on to Anderson with no clear-cut option to replace him in the farm system.