The Miami Marlins made several moves at the trade deadline and one of the most underrated moves may well be their best. The Marlins lineup was struggling to score runs prior to the deadline despite their high ranking in the league in hits, and Josh Bell has been the answer. The biggest issue the Marlins faced in the first half of the season was timely hitting and a weak lineup.
The Marlins lost their first baseman Garrett Cooper in a trade, but they added Josh Bell the same day. The Marlins also added Mets closer David Robertson and White Sox slugger Jake Burger at the deadline. Other big names traded at the deadline were Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Jeimer Candelario. All those names were highly sought-after players and they all commanded a big payout. The Marlins might not have the system to propose such a trade, but they added some very good players at the deadline despite that fact.
What Kim Ng is good at is working with a limited pool and budget to acquire players. The Marlins didn’t lose any big names in the system this deadline and still added four new players to their roster. That feat is impressive as it is but the Josh Bell trade truly stands out as a big time add, and for a great price. Here’s two reasons why the Bell trade was a big time move.