The Miami Marlins can learn a big lesson from the National League Wild Card playoff series between the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. The Fish need a winning culture and to avoid making any mistakes. This means not annoying the fans, hiring analytical teams and being honest with the fans. The trade deadline this season affected the postseason. The two biggest things that can teach us are the Juan Soto trade and the idea of standing pat when contending.
The Miami Marlins have been taught a lesson by the 2022 MLB trade deadline.
Juan Soto is a great player and the San Diego Padres shocked the world by decimating their farm system to acquire him. How did it go for them so far? He’s batting .238/.387/.390 for them since the trade. Yes you read that batting line correctly. He’s a great player and I’m definitely not arguing that, but that batting line is really bad. There’s just no way around that. It’s really bad.
Will Juan Soto have a big year next season? Will he live up to the hype? I think that he will based on talent, but the fact that it’s no guarantee is pretty alarming. The lesson for the Miami Marlins here is that doing a blockbuster trade isn’t always a good idea. Decimating the farm for an all-star might now work out after all.
Our division rivals, I’m sorry “besties” 😂 the New York Mets we’re running away with the division at the time of the trade deadline. They acquired Daniel Vogelbach as their only big addition and that was pretty weird. It turned out to be a mistake as he batted .255/.393/.436 for them after the trade. That’s not too bad, but you’d think that they’d get someone better considering they ended up losing the division and disappointing in the playoffs.
The Miami Marlins have a lesson here and it’s to question decimating the farm for stars. Another part of the lesson is to go all-in when contending and not settling for fringe players. A middle approach of not decimating the farm but bringing in useful players would work best.