1. BOSTON RED SOX
Speaking of SS options for the Miami Marlins to consider in a bad contract swap, there's also Trevor Story of the Boston Red Sox. Story has batted .227/.287/.398 in the last two seasons with Boston. He was much better with the Colorado Rockies however, having batted .272/.340/.523 from 2016 to 2021.
An older regime signed Trevor Story, so with him largely seen as a bust, could Boston be willing to do a bad contract swap? Story is owed $22.5 million a year in 2024 and 2025. He's owed $25 million a year in both 2026 and 2027. There's a $25 million team option on him for 2028, with a $5 million buyout.
The same logic as with Javier Baez applies here. Boston can save money on Story's contract, while The Fish can improve at SS with some hope for more upside. Just like with Detroit, the question is how does Boston fit Avisail Garcia in their lineup? Well, with the amount of young players in their current OF mix, Avi at least gives them some veteran insurance to work with.
At the end of the day, Avisail Garcia is a bad contract for the Miami Marlins. The best thing to do if money is going to be wasted, is finding a better player to spend it on. An improvement at SS or even a higher upside bat would go a long way towards that. The trading partners mentioned are incentivized by the opportunity to save money while getting rid of their own bad deals.