3 players the Miami Marlins could target by trade?
By Neil Raymond
3. SHOHEI OHTANI
Shohei Ohtani! The two-way superstar is not only an annual MVP contender as a hitter, but is capable of winning the Cy Young award as well. There’s very few players out there who can do as good as him, you have to go back to Babe Ruth to find two-way players on that level. Ohtani is a free agent after next season and is unlikely to stay in Anaheim. Could the Miami Marlins acquire him?
A lot depends on whether the Los Angeles Angels will even shop Ohtani. Unlike Boston and Chicago, they’re not expecting to contend next season, or at least shouldn’t be realistically. Even if they think they they can make the playoffs, it’s unlikely they’ll do it anything other than a Wildcard team. They’re also likely to just receive a draft pick for Shohei Ohtani and his departure.
The Los Angeles Angels could be open to moving Ohtani, and that means that the Miami Marlins should be in the mix. There is one issue though… can we sign him to an extension? It’s important to remember that we can afford him, and only Bruce Sherman’s willingness to pay him is in the way of us offering him a record-breaking deal. Of course the bigger issue is that he might not want to sign with us, and might want to test the free agent market.
The Miami Marlins should be in the mix if Shohei Ohtani is made available. Will we acquire him? Unfortunately probably not, but the Los Angeles Angels might not even end up shoooing him. We’re not going to get Devers or Anderson, but we can at least dream of a shot at Ohtani.