2. RP Anthony Bender
2021 Season Stats: 1-0, 1.84 ERA, 0.784 WHIP, 1 Save, 7 BB, 39 K
After signing the 26-year old as a free agent in the offseason, Bender has been one of the best and most-consistent relievers in all of baseball this season. The rookie right-hander obviously will gain interest if even potentially available, but should he be?
Bender has been absolutely dominant at times this season, and is even beginning to see looks in the 9th inning as the Marlins closer. Teams that need bullpen help will surely come knocking, but Miami should keep Bender, who just might be emerging as their new closer of the future.
1. SP Pablo Lopez
2021 Season Stats: 5-5, 3.03 ERA, 1.089 WHIP, 25 BB, 111 K
Lopez most-likely will not even be available, and the Marlins should not even entertain trading the 25-year old right-hander. Even if there will be obvious interest should he potentially become available, Lopez should be a Marlin on August 1.
The 25-year old is enjoying a career-year for the Marlins so far during 2021, and is fully cemented in Miami’s “Big Three” in the rotation alongside Alcantara and Rogers. While obvious that Miami could potentially receive a massive-haul in return, the Marlins should not entertain selling Lopez at this year’s trade deadline.
Obviously there are differences between each of these players on why they shouldn’t be available. However, if the Miami Marlins get an offer they can’t pass-up, they have to at-least consider.