3 to Add
J.D. Martinez is the obvious add here to replace Jorge Soler but he will come at a cost that I don’t think the Marlins will be able to handle so who is the next best bet at DH? Adam Duvall is a great choice to fill that role for the Marlins.
Adam Duvall has already been with Miami so it would be a great opportunity for a homecoming and Soler fans could easily get behind that move. Duvall has consistently had between 6-7% home run rate since 2019 and his exit velocity hovers around 89%. He had a 6% home run rate last year and Soler by comparison had 6.2%. Soler has been inconsistent in that category however and average 4.9% for his career compared to Duvall at 5.4%.
The 35 year old Duvall would also add a lot more depth to the Marlins roster as he played 84 games in the outfield last season. Duvall played mostly centerfield at 61 games and 26 in right field. That gives Skip more chances to move around who plays DH, giving the injury prone Jazz Chisholm an option to fill that role somewhat regularly. Soler on the other hand played 32 games in right field and the rest at DH.
Soler averaged around 100 games a season over the course of his career and is very often sidelined with an injury. Duvall has had similar numbers the past few years but prior to that he was a regular 140 games a season guy. I can imagine he would return to that form if he could play more DH and he still could play more than 70 games in the field. It’s a win-win.