The Miami Marlins have a problem... and his name is Avisail Garcia. Things are getting really bad with him at the moment. Avi is batting .156/.208/.244 in 14 games and 45 AB. This is bad enough, but he wasn't much better last season... .224/.266/.317 in 98 games and 357 AB. What should The Fish do now? Whatever it takes to keep the winning momentum going. I found an interesting solution mentioned by multiple people on Twitter, so let's explore it...
Should the Miami Marlins trade Avisail Garcia for Madison Bumgarner?
First of all, this isn't my idea and I'm merely exploring an idea that I've seen on Twitter. I'm not saying that this is a good or bad idea, I'm just going to be talking about if it would work. As we already established, Avisail Garcia has been a disaster of a signing for the Miami Marlins. Is there a possibility that Avi will ounce back at all? He has a .214 BABIP and is projected by Fangraphs' Steamer to bat .243/.300/.308 rest of season. He also has an 87.8 Exit Velocity. It's hard to see any positive signs here.
Avisail Garcia is owed $12 million per season for 2023-2025, with a $12 million club option for 2026. It goes without saying that the option won't be picked up at this point. The Miami Marlins have an injury opening in the rotation, and could use some more rotation depth in general. The Arizona Diamondbacks recently designated starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner for assignment.
Mad Bum has a 5.23 ERA/5.18 FIP with 6.8 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 69 games and 363.1 innings pitched for Arizona from 2020-2023. To call this "terrible" might be an understatement. The 33 year old has a career 3.13 ERA/3.32 FIP with the San Francisco Giants from 2009-2019. He also has an 89.6 fastball velocity. He appears to be done, but is it possible that he still has something left in the tank? San Francisco is on the hook for the remaining $34 million on his deal.
Can the Miami Marlins trade Avi ($36 million owed) for Mad Bum ($34 million owed)? Theoretically yes, but considering Bumgarner was hitting free agency after this season, Arizona might not want to commit even $12 million a year for Avi. I would do this deal if Bumgarner can then be off the books after the season, but I don't see Arizona going for it.