The Miami Marlins need to make a statement

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: A general view of the new Marlins logo in the outfield during 2019 Workout Day at Marlins Park on March 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: A general view of the new Marlins logo in the outfield during 2019 Workout Day at Marlins Park on March 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins failed to make a splash this past off-season, but ironically it may not have been so bad. Regardless of how the off-season went, there was no marquee player for The Fish to acquire, but that all changes at the trade deadline and more importantly this upcoming off-season. This situation reminds me of our division rivals Washington Nationals signing Jayson Werth to a massive contract back in 2010. They did it to make a statement that their rebuild was over and that they arrived and soon after they began a run of division titles and eventually a World Series win in 2019.

The Miami Marlins need to make a statement with a major acquisition.

The following two off-seasons and the trade deadline this season offer the Miami Marlins to make such a statement. Bringing in a superstar helps the team, excites the fanbase, boosts ticket and merchandise sales and entices other players to come onboard. Owner Bruce Sherman promised to spend so will he? Miami is a big market and The Fish need to act and spend like it.

This trade deadline we already have a target: Ramón Laureano from the Oakland Athletics. There are even better targets ahead… perhaps a trade can be arranged for Chicago Cubs free agent to-be catcher Willson Contreras? We’re currently receiving 0.4 WAR from our catchers, Conteras is already worth 2.8 WAR on his own.

Looking towards the off-season the Miami Marlins have a couple options to fix a position of need (short stop)… Carlos Correa (if he opts out) is one good option and another is Xander Bogaerts (whose defense is questionable however). Both would be great additions to the middle of the batting order and the position in need.

Third base is another position of need for the Miami Marlins and next off-season Rafael Devers becomes available. Bogaerts could also be an option this off-season, if he’s willing to switch positions. There are other options available as well, such as Shohei Ohtani, who can be both a DH and a starting pitcher. In a couple years RF Juan Soto will be available and might just be the best player to sign. Soto also comes from our division rivals for the extra benefit.

The Miami Marlins need to make a splash in order to announce to the fans that the rebuild is truly over and that the team will spend as a big market team. Bringing in a new superstar to complement ones that we already have such as Jazz Chisholm Jr. is what will help move the team forward.

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