It feels like we’ve been here before. The Miami Marlins badly need to improve the offense and CF looks like an important position of need. Pablo López is our best trade piece and is out there for hitting, but so far it doesn’t appear as if any trades are close. A trade with the San Diego Padres looks like a distinct possibility. It makes so much sense though doesn’t it? San Diego is busy signing up stars but are down on their CF Trent Grisham and so he might be available in trades. Should we get him?
Trent Grisham might be a target for the Miami Marlins.
Trent Grisham debuted in the 2019 season with a .231/.328/.410 batting line, 6 home runs and 24 RBI in 51 games and 156 AB. He followed that up with a .251/.352/.456 batting line, 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 59 games and 215 AB in 2020. The OBP was very promising, but he needed to be able to sustain it over the course of a full season.
In 2021, Grisham batted .242/.327/.413 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 132 games and 462 AB. The OBP went down and he was clearly having issues hitting for average. In 2022, Trent Grisham batted .184/.284/.341 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 152 games and 451 AB. It‘s at this point that rumors began to spread about how The Friars are down on their CF.
I‘m sure you’re thinking about how he’s nothing special and that he wouldn’t really help the Miami Marlins offense much. Unfortunately that’s true, while he does have double digit power, it’s certainly not impressive enough to really make him a difference-maker on offense. The contact is borderline terrible at this point as well.
So what’s there to like about Trent Grisham? Defense. According to defensive stats, he was worth 1.1 dWAR in in 2021 and 1.3 dWAR in 2022. In fact, his stats rose every season, from 0.3 in 2019 to 0.9 in 2020 and then the latter two numbers. He’s a great defender ata premium defensive position, who isn’t terrible offensively (usually at least). The best part? The Miami Marlins wouldn’t have to trade Pablo López for him, as he should be pretty cheap to acquire.
Should the Miami Marlins acquire Trent Grisham?