The Miami Marlins are looking to trade for CF help this upcoming off-season. This isn’t really shocking news, as we were already aware of The Fish’s interest in doing this. Trading for hitting has been the known plan for months now. There are some trade ideas that I think would work really well for us. So who will we target? Who are our options?
The Miami Marlins are looking to trade for CF help according to reports.
The CF market is pretty weak in free agency this season, so the Miami Marlins are turning to the trade market to solve our need. I should mention right off the bat that Bryan Reynolds is almost certainly not an option. He’s going too cost too much in prospects, and his -1.3 dWAR means that he’s better off as a corner OF. Kansas City Royals CF Michael A. Taylor and Texas Rangers RF Adolis García have been mentioned in the report.
Adolis can play CF and had a .250/.300/.456 batting line in 2022 with 27 HR and 101 RBI with 25 SB. He’s arbitration eligible and won’t hit free agency until after the 2026 season. I worry a bit about his contact and long-term ability, but he would be a good fit for the lineup now. As a 3.6 WAR player in 2022, he will command a high price tag. Texas doesn’t have to trade him and that’s a big issue. We do however match up as they need starting pitching help and we’re willing to trade one for hitting help.
Michael A. Taylor is my personal favorite option for CF. I know that a lot of fans wouldn’t want him due to his .254/.313/.357 batting line in 2022 and a career .241/.296/.381 one. He’s not a good hitter, but he’s an elite defender with a 2.4 dWAR and 3.2 overall WAR. He’s getting a $4.5 million salary next season and is then a free agent, who shouldn’t cost us much to extend. He would make a big difference for us at a premium defensive position. As long as we get hitting improvements elsewhere it shouldn’t be an issue.
Will the Miami Marlins acquire one of these CF’s this off-season? I hope we get Taylor, as he would cost the cheapest and would be a major improvement defensively.