Miami Marlins/Cleveland Guardians Trade Proposal No. 2
Now yes, this is undoubtedly the biggest Marlins/Guardians trade that Miami could make, but is it the likeliest to happen? No, and that’s why it’s listed here at No. 2.
The Marlins do currently have Brian Anderson at third base, and while one could argue that Miami doesn’t need to acquire a third baseman, there is no denying that Ramirez would be an upgrade at the position.
A three-time All-Star and Silver Slugger winner, Ramirez is in the final year of his current deal, but does hold a $13 million team option for 2023, one that Miami would surely pickup. Coming off a phenomenal 2021 season in which the 29-year-old posted an .893 OPS with 36 home runs to finish sixth in AL MVP voting, a trade for Ramirez is possible, but what would the Guardians want in return for their star third baseman?
As for what Cleveland would want in return, the Marlins would not be able to trade for the star infielder without parting with at-least two of their top prospects, as well as potentially a veteran such as Anderson or Garrett Cooper who could help Cleveland in the outfield. Yes, that means Cleveland would likely ask for one of Miami’s top pitching prospects in either Max Meyer, Edward Cabrera, Sixto Sanchez, or Eury Perez, as well as a notable outfield prospect such as JJ Bleday or Peyton Burdick along with a lower-level prospect.
There will surely be a very-high price to acquire Ramirez, meaning that the Marlins should not make this move if they don’t plan on extending the 29-year-old. A trade for Ramirez is certainly a possibility for a Marlins team with the pieces to get a deal done, but you could also argue that it is unlikely to happen.