It’s time for the Miami Marlins to start making bold moves. I’m tired of watching small market teams turning into big market teams because they don’t have cheap owners. There are signings that we need to make, but since it sadly doesn’t look likely then it’s time to go to the basics and make the trade that would finally give us an elite CF that we need. We’re looking to trade starting pitching for hitting, so how about we trade Pablo López to the Baltimore Orioles for Cedric Mullins. It makes sense for both sides.
The Miami Marlins need to make a bold move and a trade that makes sense needs to happen.
The Baltimore Orioles almost made the playoffs last season. They won’t be as good this season, luck has a way of running out, and Baltimore’s big issue is starting pitching. Until or unless their top pitching prospects are ready to live up to their high potential, they need an ace. You know who they ace could be? Pablo López. Wait what? Pablo had a 2.96 ERA in the first half of 2022, and until fatigue set in due to him reaching his season innings high, he was a definite ace.
Pablo would easily be the best pitcher in their rotation, and they have the money to extend him before he hits free agency in a couple years. Pablo had a 3.0 WAR and could do even better without fatigue (which he finally overcame late in the season). Baltimore has enough outfielders that they can easily fill the hole left by Cedric Mullins.
Speaking of Mullins, he had a 3.8 WAR and a .258/.318/.403 batting line with 16 home runs and 64 RBI in 2022. He was clearly worth more than Pablo, but Baltimore needs pitching more and the Miami Marlins can add some players to make up any perceived value difference. The trade can be fair for both sides and the main pieces make sense. So why not do it?
It takes two sides to make a trade happen and it’s possible that neither will really want to do it. Maybe Kim Ng isn’t high on Mullins, or Baltimore doesn’t want to trade him. Maybe Baltimore is concerned with Pablo’s injury history. The only thing I’m sure of is that the Miami Marlins need to start making big moves.