The Miami Marlins will be actively trying to improve our hitting this off-season. The plan is to trade starting pitching for it. Pablo López is our best trade candidate. There’s an interesting trade that we can do involving him, and at least three intriguing targets. There’s a team with other intriguing targets however. What if the Miami Marlins traded with the Cleveland Guardians? The two teams actually match up very well. Who can The Fish acquire?
The Miami Marlins and the Cleveland Guardians match up well for a trade.
Cleveland could use another top starting pitcher as “you can never have enough pitching”, and we can use a bat. There’s in fact a specific player that Cleveland is expected to be shopping… SS Amed Rosario. Amed is a free agent after season, and his salary keeps climbing up in arbitration. He’ll make $6-7 million next season, which with Cleveland’s tight payroll is a serious issue. They also have multiple infield prospects that they plan to give chances to soon.
Amed Rosario batted .283/.312/.403 in 2022, with 11 HR and 71 RBI. He was good for 4.1 WAR. Amed isn’t a great hitter, but we need better contact and he fits the bill. Obviously we would need more than Amed. Who else could we target from the Cleveland Guardians?
Could the Miami Marlins acquire 1B/DH Josh Naylor from Cleveland? Baylor batted .256/.319/.452 in 2022 with 20 HR and 79 RBI. He did it in 449 AB with an 89.4 EV, but the power is clearly real. Could he become a better power hitter? Is he worth taking a chance on?
RF Oscar Gonzalez could be another player to consider for the Miami Marlins. Oscar batted .296/.327/.461 with 11 HR and 43 RBI in 91 games and 362 AB in 2022. He could be the contact/power hitter that would help us quite a bit. There’s some concerns with his 88.6 EV and .345 BABIP, but the talent is there and Cleveland might be willing to move him.
The Miami Marlins need hitting and the Cleveland Guardians likely want to move on from Amed Rosario. There could be a potential match between the two teams on a blockbuster trade. Who says no over here?