The Miami Marlins need hitting 🙄. I know I said it before, but let’s face it, that’s the number one priority for us during this off-season. We’re looking to trade from our starting pitching surplus and once again Pablo López is the one most likely to be dealt. I already mentioned multiple trades that we can do…there’s one with Boston, there’s one with the Chicago White Sox, there’s also one that we can do with the Cleveland Guardians as well. There’s also this one…
The Miami Marlins may have a trade to make with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
So who can The Fish target from Arizona? A popular trade target is LF Jake McCarthy. We need help I’m leftfield and we need someone with speed and contact. Jake McCarthy checks all of these boxes. He produced 2.4 WAR this past season, while batting .283/.342/.427 in 99 games and 321 AB. He hit 8 HR and drove in 47 RBI, while stealing 23 bases.
Can you imagine how Jake McCarthy would do in a full season?! If we simply double these results, he would’ve had 4.8 WAR with 16 HR and 94 RBI. He would’ve also have stolen 46 bases. Obviously it’s unlikely that he would actually have equal halves of the season, so it’s just a rough estimate of what he could do over the course of a full season.
There are red flags with Jake McCarthy as well. He had an 85.5 EV, which means that he’s not much of a power hitter. He also had a .349 BABIP, which implies that he might not hit that well either. That said, contact hitters can have higher BABIP’s, so I wouldn’t immediately write him off as a good contact hitter. There’s also a chance that he improves. He did in fact improve all across the board from his debut season in 2021.
Shoukd the Miami Marlins trade for Jake McCarthy? Why not? He could be a great top of the order hitter, who can help us put runs on the board. Arizona has enough outfielders that they can afford to trade him, and could use another starting pitcher to help get them closer to returning to the Postseason. Time to trade?