The biggest need I see for the Marlins, outside of a power hitter, is in their bullpen and they could go after a few players. I really think they need two arms, one of which should be a closer. AJ Puk has 5 blown saves on the season in 20 chances and the Marlins will need a shut the door closer if they are gonna get through the tough August stretch and the playoffs.
Two primer closers are on the market and if the Marlins can swing David Bednar I would take him. Jake Eder is likely a part of this deal but Bednar has been lights out this season as I wrote previously. Bednar is a two time All-Star and has a 1.15 ERA and sub 1 WHIP. Most importantly he is under team control until 2027, which is why I like Bednar as he is a now and future move, just like Thomas. The Marlins will like the salary as he is on a 1 year $745,000 salary. It’s a perfect fit for their current needs.
Brad Hand is the second player who I would target as he is also a very nice price. Hand is on a 1 year $2 million dollar deal, with a team option for 2024. Hand’s numbers aren’t sexy at 4.54 but his numbers away from Denver is why he makes sense. Hand has given up 4 runs away from home since May 1st in 12 appearances, 2 of which were in one outing against the Giants. His 3.71 ERA away from home is not bad and would be a cheaper add than some more premier relievers on the market. Hand would also fit in perfectly as a reunion guy who played for both Florida and Miami Marlins, and maybe that teal and black Friday uniform will bring him back to his All-Star form.
Would Marlins fans love these moves, I think so and they would have future implications as the team is on the rise still, not at its peak potential. These moves pull the bullpen to one of the better ones in the league, solidify the rotation, and most importantly bring the necessary power to the lineup to make teams fear facing the Marlins. Managers would have a tough time planning for a Marlins roster if all these moves are made at the trade deadline. I for one would be excited.