A first base off-season target for the Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins have a serious issue at the first base position. It’s pretty safe to say that Lewin Diaz and his -0.5 WAR don’t really belong on The Fish. It makes sense for the Miami Marlins to pursue some upgrades, and luckily there’s a likely one based on a very likely non-tender. As part of the strategy to become annual contenders for the playoffs, The Fish should be targeting buy-low options and one of those likely options is Washington Nationals first baseman Luke Voit. Let’s look at why…
Luke Voit would be a good fit for the Miami Marlins.
At first glance Luke Voit doesn’t look like a massive upgrade for the Miami Marlins, he has a 1.6 WAR with a .240/.328/.429 batting line in 119 games and 438 AB for the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals. He also has 21 home runs and 64 RBI. This is solid but unimpressive, Washington may look to non-tender the 32 year old in February, instead of paying him a raise in arbitration on his $5.5 million salary.
Luke Voit has been a bit injury-prone in recent times, and is pretty one-dimensional (not ideal defensively), but he’s relatively cheap and has power. Both of the latter are important attributes for this struggling Miami Marlins offense. In 2020, Voit led the Major Leagues in home runs, knocking out 22 in only 213 AB, on the way to a .277/.338/.610 batting line.
Luke Voit is a potential middle of the order bat of everything goes right, and buying low on a potentially elite power bat is exactly what the Miami Marlins should be doing at the moment. The best part about Voit, is that he’s also a DH candidate and could help replace Garrett Cooper there, if another better defensive first baseman is found by us instead.
Should the Miami Marlins target Luke Voit if he’s non-tendered by the Washington Nationals? Of course! A cheap good home run hitter at a position/positions of need is a perfect fit for The Fish. We can also guarantee him playing time and a good spot in the batting order. It’s an obvious win-win for us and him. Luke Voit would be a great for with the Miami Marlins.