Miami Marlins/Cleveland Guardians Trade Proposal No. 1
We have already mentioned previously about the Marlins potentially adding to what-is an already strong bullpen. If Miami chooses to do that in a trade with the Guardians, any of their two closing options would make sense, but Karinchak is the more-likely to happen than Emmanuel Clase.
After a phenomenal 2020 rookie season, Karinchak got-off to another strong start to the 2021 season, but struggled to finish the year where the right-hander finished with a 4.07 ERA with 11 saves. Losing the closing role to Clase late in the year in the process, as well as being optioned to Triple-A at one point, the 26-year-old could be available coming off a down year, and is a move Miami should consider if available.
While not near as high of a price compared to Ramirez previously, Cleveland would still want a notable return for the young reliever who is under team control through the 2026 season. The Guardians need help in a few notable places, in particular the outfield, so why not the previously mentioned Cooper?
Coming off a strong 2021 season (.284/.380/.465 before suffering injury), Cooper is an experienced option that Cleveland could use at either first base, right field, or DH. A proven major league bat who doesn’t become a free agent until 2024, Cooper is a player the Guardians could build around, in addition to their up-and-coming younger players.
While a one-for-one proposal would likely result in the Guardians wanting a bit more in return for Karinchak, the Marlins could also include Neidert, Miami’s No. 12 prospect who is major league ready right now, as well as possibly another lower-level prospect.
Whenever the offseason resumes, could the Miami Marlins and Cleveland Guardians make any of these three trades?