The Miami Marlins are the place to turn to for elite starting pitching for pitching-needy teams. The Fish are looking to trade pitching for hitting. Pablo López is our chosen starter for trade. Teams that need good top of the rotation starting pitching, will ultimately have to turn to us when the other options run out. Let’s take a look at why that is the case this off-season.
The Miami Marlins are in a prime position to land a good hitter.
Top of the rotation starting pitching is hard to get, and it’s especially true this off-season. Justin Verlander is 40 years old and will almost certainly sign with a big-market contending team like the Los Angeles Dodgers, or re-sign with the Houston Astros. Jacob deGrom has spent significant time on the IL in recent years, and will also follow Verlander with specific geographic preferences.
There’s also Carlos Rodón, who is likely to end up with the Texas Rangers. Once these three sign there’s Chris Bassitt and then the trade market. Bassitt isn’t even really an ace by the way. The only real competition for the Miami Marlins are the Milwaukee Brewers. It remains to be seen however if they even want to trade Corbin Burnes or Brandon Woodruff. Outside of them who?
A back of the rotation starter from the Seattle Mariners? It doesn’t look as if any other starting pitchers are even available by trade. Certainly no difference-makers. Verlander, deGrom and Rodon will sign with three different teams, but it will still leave a lot needing aces who will have nowhere else to turn. This is of course the absolute perfect scenario for the Miami Marlins.
Can you imagine what trades could be in play?! Just look at all of the teams in play… the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Bsltimo Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. This is a deep list and could even include the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies.
What do you think? Can the Miami Marlins take advantage of the trade market and land elite hitting?