Miami Marlins trade catcher Jorge Alfaro to the San Diego Padres
After acquiring catcher Jacob Stallings in a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, the Miami Marlins have now made yet another trade involving the catcher position, as well as their second overall trade of the day.
Miami Marlins trade catcher Jorge Alfaro
According to Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have traded catcher Jorge Alfaro to the San Diego Padres.
According to Mish as well, Miami will receive a PTBNL in return from San Diego.
Acquired in the JT Realmuto deal from the Philadelphia Phillies back in February of 2019, Alfaro has served as Miami’s primary backstop since. However, the 28-year-old has also struggled at times both offensively and defensively during that time.
Alfaro appeared in a total of 92 games with the Marlins during the 2021 season in which he slashed a combined .244/.283/.342 with four home runs, 30 RBI’s, and a career-high eight stolen bases. Alfaro also posted a 31.8 K% at the plate, as well as a -0.4 WAR which tied his previous career-low in 2020.
Alfaro also saw struggled defensively with Miami in 2021 as the 28-year-old did post a 43% caught stealing percentage, but also allowed a major league leading 13 passed balls. Because of Alfaro’s struggles at times behind the plate, the backstop also saw time in left field, as well as first base.
Alfaro appeared in a total of 253 games with the Marlins from 2019-2021 in which he slashed a combined .252/.298/.386 with a .684 OPS. Alfaro drove in a total of 103 runs, as well as hitting a total of 25 home runs and 58 extra-base hits, as well as 14 stolen bases.
The Miami Marlins will now enter the 2022 season with the previously mentioned Stallings as the No. 1 catching option, as well as a few other names that could see time such as Alex Jackson, as well as prospects Payton Henry and Nick Fortes.