Marlin Maniac Mailbag: What will the Marlins do at the Trade Deadline?

Matt Melton
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 02: A general view of the Miami Marlins logo in the outfield during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at loanDepot park on April 02, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 02: A general view of the Miami Marlins logo in the outfield during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at loanDepot park on April 02, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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With the July 30th MLB Trade Deadline now days away for the Miami Marlins, we asked for some of your questions surrounding the trade deadline and more where we then picked some of the best.

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Onto the questions….

Q – With the Marlins having the great pitching depth in the farm that they have, will they use any in a trade for more impactful bats? I think they will, but which prospects are more likely to get traded, and what position should they target? – from @mrmiyiga44

Assuming that Miami’s rotation going forward looks like some sort of combination of Alcantara, Rogers, Lopez, Sanchez, Cabrera, and Meyer, it’s obvious that there will be some talented arms without a spot in the starting rotation. Because of this, it makes sense that the Marlins will trade some of their talented and deep pitching depth to upgrade offensively going into next season at the big league level.

Any pitching prospect aside from Sanchez, Meyer, and Cabrera will most-likely be available to upgrade the lineup, and based on the depth in the farm system that Miami has, they have the prospect capital to land at-least 1-2 star caliber players. Whether they make a trade to upgrade over this week, or in the offseason, upgrading at catcher certainly makes sense, while also adding a star center fielder via trade is likely as well.

Q – I know we’ve talked about trade deadline targets, but who are some under the radar guys who haven’t been talked about much that the Marlins could have interest in? – from @JakeClancy7

Assuming Miami will be upgrading going into the 2022 season, adding big league ready pieces seems likely to the two positions mentioned in the previous question. One catcher in particular that would be intriguing is Twins backstop Mitch Garver, who will still be under team control for two more seasons. Across 45 games this season, Garver has slashed .238/.356/.556 with 10 HR’s  for Minnesota.

Another potential trade target that hasn’t been necessarily connected to Miami a ton is Royals CF/2B Whit Merrifield. Still under team control for 2022 with a team option for 2023, Merrifield is a potential candidate to be traded by the July 30th deadline, and would provide an All-Star caliber player in center field going forward.

While names like Buxton, Mullins, Reynolds, Marte, and more have been discussed, there is a chance that Miami could opt-to go after a few big league ready prospects in a trade such as Joey Bart, Rafael Marchan, and more.

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