Miami Marlins: 3 trade proposals with the Cleveland Guardians
By Matt Melton
As we have talked about here previously, it seems likely that the Miami Marlins will make another significant trade before the 2022 season begins, even after having already made two to acquire Jacob Stallings and Joey Wendle.
When looking for potential trade partners, teams such as the Orioles and Pirates will obviously stick-out due to the need for Miami in centerfield, but one team that might not come to mind at first that could be a trade partner are the Cleveland Guardians.
No, Cleveland does not necessarily have a long-term option in centerfield that the Marlins would likely want, but the Guardians do have a few other pieces that would definitely intrigue Miami. So, after talking with our friends at Away Back Gone about who could potentially be available, as well as what the Guardians could want in return, here are three trade proposals that we have compiled between the Miami Marlins and the Cleveland Guardians.
3 trade proposals between the Miami Marlins and the Cleveland Guardians
Miami Marlins/Cleveland Guardians Trade Proposal No. 3
When looking at the first trade proposal between the two teams, it might not be the most “eye-popping” move, but is a deal that would benefit both teams.
The Marlins would receive Sandlin, a former second round pick by Cleveland back in 2018 who made his major league debut during the 2021 season. A 25-year-old right-hander, Sandlin has worked solely as a reliever since making his professional debut in 2018, and is coming off an impressive rookie campaign that included a 2.94 ERA with a 34 K% across 33.2 IP.
In return, Cleveland would receive Jackson, a 26-year-old catcher whom Miami received from the Braves in the Adam Duvall trade at last years trade deadline, as well as a lower-level outfield prospect such as Encarnacion.
With the acquisition of Stallings, as well as notable prospects such as Payton Henry and Nick Fortes also major league ready, Jackson could potentially be the odd man out after struggling in 2021 (.538 OPS in 42 games). Because of this, the Marlins could opt-to trade Jackson at some point, depending on who claims the backup job behind Stallings in spring training.
The Marlins already display a strong bullpen, and adding Sandlin would only strengthen that. As for Cleveland, potentially acquiring Jackson would give the Guardians another MLB ready option at catcher alongside Austin Hedges to avoid rushing prospects Bo Naylor and Bryan Lavastida to the big leagues.