A big trade took place between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles last night. It wasn't the only major news yesterday, but the fact that Corbin Burnes is now the new ace in Baltimore is a pretty big deal. It was a bit strange to see Milwaukee do that after seemingly going for one more run. What do the Miami Marlins get out of this?... Here's another take on this same subject.
Willy Adames may actually be a legitimate trade target for the Miami Marlins.
The Milwaukee Brewers are no longer likely to make the playoffs this upcoming season. They lost their two best starting pitchers in one off-season, with the aforementioned Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff no longer on the team. That means that there's no real reason for them to keep free agent to be Willy Adames.
The Miami Marlins need a SS and the free agent market's best option is Tim Anderson, who batted .245/.286/.296 in 2023. Adames wasn't great in 2023, but he was worth 3.0 WAR, while Anderson was worth -2.0 WAR. Willy Adames batted .217/.310/.407, with 24 home runs and 80 RBI in 149 games and 553 AB.
Adames's batting average and OBP are not good to say the least. The batting average especially, but the power is legitimate and he might even do better in his contract year. Last season, he batted .238/.298/458, with 31 home runs and 98 RBI in 139 games and 563 AB. Once again, he's not good at hitting for average, but he's a 30 home run bat.
It's doubtful that Milwaukee can get that much for Willy Adames in a trade. They certainly haven't received great offers so far, or they presumably would've traded him by now. This means that the Miami Marlins probably won't have to give up too much to acquire him. Would there be competition for him? Of course. That said, most playoff contenders already have a set SS, and I don't see why a non-playoff contending team would bother trying to acquire him.
The Miami Marlins need a SS and Willy Adames might be a great option, if he's indeed available as we presume.