Does this feel like Deja Vu? Reports came out that the Miami Marlins are looking to trade from our starting pitching surplus for hitting. This was known around the trading deadline and Kim Ng shopped starting pitcher Pablo López around unsuccessfully, due to her unrealistic demands and expectations from prospective trade partners. Will Kim Ng get the job done this time around?
The Miami Marlins will once again try to trade starting pitching for hitting.
I’m not going to again go over who the Miami Marlins will or won’t trade. We already know that Pablo López is the most likely candidate. The rest are either coming off down years or are too cost-controlled and talented to give up. Besides, I already explained all this in the aforementioned article. So who can we realistically target?
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a loaded farm system full of hitters, could they trade some for the starting pitching that they badly need? What about the Texas Rangers? They need starting pitching and want to contend. Could 1B Nathaniel Lowe or top prospect 3B Josh Jung be in play? The Miami Marlins could use either one of them, Jung for example could be moved to first base, as we would need him more there.
The St. Louis Cardinals could be in the mix as well. 2B/3B Nolan Gorman doesn’t have a starting spot right now. He could with us however. Of course the likes of Nolan Gorman and Josh Jung would The Minnesota Twins had previous interest in Pablo and might be willing to flip someone like 1B/LF Alex Kirilloff for him. There are other options for the Miami Marlins as well….
There’s always old target CF Bryan Reynolds of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had a high price tag last time, but may now be cheaper coming off a down season. Of course this could also mean that Pittsburgh won’t pull the trigger on a trade. They will also almost certainly want other starting pitchers than Pablo López in return.
The Miami Marlins have good optime for cost-controlled hitters if we continue with our plan to trade starting pitching for it. Kim Ng needs yo be realistic and proactive, and if she is then we can get the hitters that we badly need.