Trade Proposal No. 1: Straight 1-for-1 Player Swap
- OF Starling Marte
- OF Estevan Florial (Yankees No. 10 Prospect)
We start with arguably the potential top prospect return that makes the most sense for the Marlins. It is highly-unlikely that New York’s top four prospects of Dominguez, Schmidt, Garcia, and Peraza will be available at all, and with Miami needing a big league ready position player, No. 10 prospect Estevan Florial makes the most sense.
Originally signed by New York back in 2015, Florial quickly burst onto the scene in the minor leagues where he was considered one of the top young outfield prospects in the game. However, after injuries and the cancelled 2020 minor league season slowed his development, the 23-year old made his big league debut playing in one game a year ago, and is now currently helping provide a spark for the Yankees at the big league level.
When looking at Florial’s tools alone, it’s obvious that there is room for excitement surrounding the 23-year old outfielder that packs a powerful left-handed swing. Despite some concerns on swing-and-miss at times, Florial makes up for it with his elite speed, even leaving some scouts to believe he has legit 30/30 potential.
Considered as an elite defender with a plus-arm, Florial is capable of playing all three outfield positions, but would most-likely remain in center field for the foreseeable future, should he be dealt to Miami.
While Florial is obviously an exciting center field prospect in the Yankees system, Marte would undoubtedly be an instant upgrade for a New York team fighting for a postseason berth in the competitive AL East.
While the Yankees also have multiple top pitching prospects among their Top 10 that Miami could possibly pursue over Florial, the 23-year old outfielder makes the most sense. Should he be traded to Miami, Florial would most-likely instantly takeover as the Marlins everyday starting center fielder going forward.