You already know that the Miami Marlins are planning to trade starting pitching for hitting, that’s not new. You already know that Pablo López is the most likely one to be moved. I suggested trades with the Boston Red Sox, with the Cleveland Guardians, with the Chicago White Sox and now with the Texas Rangers. Could and should The Fish get RF Adolis García from Texas? Let’s analyze the possibility of this trade….
Adolis García could be the next Miami Marlins CF.
The Miami Marlins need a CF and Adolis García could very well be the answer. Adolis produced a 3.5 WAR in 2022 and at times looked like an even better hitter than he actually is. The batting line doesn’t stand out to say the least: .250/.300/.456 with 27 home runs and 101 RBI. He did however have an alarming 183 strikeouts, while getting 151 hits.
In 2021, when Adolis broke out, he batted .243/.286/.454 with 31 home runs and 90 RBI. He once again had more strikeouts (194) than hits (141). He’s also going to be 30 years old next season. The power looks good and it’s clear that he’s capable of hitting around 30 home runs annually. The problem is that he’s really bad at getting on base, hitting for contact and consistently putting the ball in play. Those are major warning signs that we can’t possibly overlook.
What about his defense? Is his defense worth it at least? He was elite last season with a 1.6 dWAR, but had a disappointing -0.1 dWAR in 2022. He can play CF however and this trade has been suggested by major journalists. Is it possible that Adolis bounces back defensively next season? Can he be an elite defensive CF again? Texas moved him from CF to RF in 2022, so maybe even they don’t want him playing there.
Should the Miami Marlins trade Pablo López for Adolis García? I don’t think so. Adolis isn’t a good hitter and his home runs can go down moving away from a hitter’s paradise in Texas. The strikeouts and the OBP alarm me too much as well. I think that Pablo can bring a better return back than a questionable CF entering his 30’s.