What if the Miami Marlins fixed our struggling lineup with a rebound candidate? The Fish gave some serious lineup needs, that we covered here and here.The biggest problem however is likely this. We need a RF upgrade over Avisail Garcia, who has been a major disappointment this season. There’s an interesting rebound candidate potentially available and his name is Joey Gallo. Here’s why it might make sense…
Should the Miami Marlins acquire Joey Gallo?
It’s no secret that Avisail Garcia has been a disappointment this season. He is hitting a shockingly bad .225/.262/.317 and literally hurts The Fish with a -0.8 WAR. I’ve talked quite a bit about trying to trade him, but the Miami Marlins may not be able to convince any team to do a bad contract swap. We may have no choice but to play him due to his contract (either him earning it or playing good enough to be traded).
The Miami Marlins can make him into a utility player and let him earn more playing time too. Regardless, if we’re to make the playoffs this season, we need an upgrade. That’s where Joey Gallo comes into the conversation.
I know I know, Joey Gallo is batting .164/.288/.342 and has produced 0.2 WAR for the New York Yankees. How is he an upgrade in any way? In fact the Bronx Bombers might just trade him for practically nothing. They are rumored to want his expiring $10 million smart this year contract off the books.
If the New York Yankees are giving away Joey Gallo, why shouldn’t the Miami Marlins seriously take him? $10 million shouldn’t be that big of a deal and in fact could lead to just sending some far-away lottery ticket prospect in return. The upside is pretty high. Gallo has elite power, typically walks quite a bit and is sn above average defender. All of the qualities that The Fish need in a slugger.
Joey Gallo isn’t a long-term solution for the Miami Marlins, but if we can have a 40 home run hitting above average defender for practically nothing… is it really not worth taking a $5 million or do flyer on him? Maybe he’s just not a New York market type of player Miami can wake up his bat.