3 players who shouldn’t be on the Miami Marlins in 2023
By Neil Raymond
3. SP PABLO LÓPEZ
Remember when we had a potential second ace on the Miami Marlins? The one who we failed to trade for much needed hitting upgrades when he had an ERA just barely above 3.00? Oh yes there was a time when Pablo López looked like a sure ace, thst is until he ended up with his current 4.04 ERA/3.77 FIP. He also isn’t much of a strikeout pitcher, and front offices happen to care a lot more about this than they used to.
Pablo López is not an ace and is too injury-prone to give an extension too (he hits the open market in two years). The Miami Marlins could still try to trade him for a bat this off-season, and this indeed seems to be our plan. Of course his value is not what it was at the trade deadline and it’s no longer as easy to get value back.
Unlike Avisail Garcia and Lewin Diaz, Pablo López isn’t a busy or a bad contract, so one can make the argument that keeping him isn’t a bad idea at all. That is until you realize that our pitching rotation is very deep and is top 5 in the Major Leagues in WAR. Yes we do have positives going on, Bruce Sherman is no Jeffrey Loria either, he spent over $130 million on the team last off-season.
We need to get what we can for Pablo López before he gets any worse, or gets injured as he usually does every season. Some teal will bank on the upside and give up something of value in return. Kim Ng just needs to wake up and start making moves instead of sitting back and doing the wrong moves or nothing. Pablo López, Avisail Garcia and Lewin Díaz CAN’T be on the Miami Marlins next season.