Miami Marlins: 5 Catchers to Target in the Offseason

Matt Melton
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs rounds bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 16, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs rounds bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 16, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

2. Jacob Stallings – Pittsburgh Pirates

If the Miami Marlins are looking for an experienced catcher who is still under control for three more seasons, then trading with the Pirates for Stallings is the move. Coming off a career-year this past season, the 31-year-old slashed .246/.335/.369 with eight home runs and 53 RBI’s, as well as a by-far career-high 3.0 WAR.

A six-year veteran with the Pirates, Stallings has posted a .700+ OPS each of the past three seasons, and is strong defensively as well holding a .993 fielding percentage and a 27% caught stealing percentage for his career. A veteran option at the position who would be under team-control for multiple years, a potential trade for Stallings you could certainly argue is the likeliest move at catcher that happens this offseason.

1. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs

Undoubtedly the move that would make the biggest splash for Miami in the offseason at the position is trading for Contreras from the Cubs. A two-time All-Star and 2016 World Series champion, Contreras appeared in a total of 128 games with Chicago this past season in which he slashed .237/.340/.438 with 21 home runs, 57 RBI’s, and five stolen bases.

While a potential trade for Contreras would certainly make the biggest immediate impact for the Marlins in 2022, the 29-year-old is also a free agent at the end of next season, meaning that Miami would need to extend the veteran before he reaches free agency. A potential trade for Contreras however would certainly be the biggest trade for a catcher that Miami could make in the offseason, and would also provide undoubtedly the biggest impact at the position for the Marlins in 2022.

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When looking at how the Miami Marlins will potentially acquire a new starting catcher in the offseason, a trade seems to be the likeliest route. If Miami does trade for a catcher as well, will the Marlins make a big splash by trading for Contreras, a controllable option like Stallings or Garver, or a younger option such as Contreras?

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