The Miami Marlins are trying to improve this off-season and the lineup especially is the priority. With The Fish's rotation highly rated, the rumors have been hard on the team trading a starting pitcher. A particular player has been a part of some blockbuster trade rumors. That player is Jesús Luzardo and with three years of team control, he's immensely valuable to teams. I don't want him traded, but are there trades that I would agree with?
3 trade scenarios involving Jesús Luzardo that might actually make sense for the Miami Marlins to do.
3. CINCINNATI REDS
The Cincinnati Reds need top of the rotation starting pitching and have an influx of infielders. This is a perfect combination of needs that can lead to a trade between the two teams. Who should the Miami Marlins pursue? It would be a trade package, but here are some options: SS Matt McLain would fill a position of need for The Fish. McLain batted .290/.357/.507, with 16 home runs and 50 RBI in 89 games and 365 AB in 2023. He won't repeat his .385 BABIP, but he's a good player under control through the 2029 season.
1B/3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand is another interesting player. He batted .270/.328/.477, with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 63 games and 222 AB in 2023. While The Fish don't necessarily need help at those positions, let's not forget about the DH spot. While less likely, shooting for SS Elly De La Cruz should be done as well. He batted .235/.300/.410, with 13 home runs and 44 RBI, in 98 games and 388 AB in 2023.
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