The Miami Marlins need hitting and are willing to trade from our starting pitching surplus in order to get it. Pretty much everyone is available except for Eury Perez and reigning NL CY Young ace Sandy Alcantara. The St. Louis Cardinals have had talks with The Fish about a potential trade already. Can a trade actually take place here? Who will the Miami Marlins pursue in return and who is available? Let's take a deeper look at a potential trade between the two teams.
The Miami Marlins can trade for St.Louis's hitters.
The Fish may not need to look at internal options for CF, when there's a potential CF that can be acquired in a trade with St. Louis. Dylan Carlson can fit that position with the Miami Marlins. Carlson arrive don the scene in 2020 with a .200/.252/.364 batting line along with 3 home runs and 16 RBI in 35 games and 110 AB. In 2021 he follwed that up with a .266/.343/.364 batting line along with 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 149 games and 542 AB.
In 2023, Carlson batted a disappointing .236/.316/.380 in 128 games and 432 AB with 8 home runs and 42 RBI. He's been average defensively however, and I question if he would be much of an upgrade in CF over internal options for the Miami Marlins. 2B/3B Nolan Gorman is another potential option in a trade. Like Carlson, Gorman was a top prospect. In Gorman's case he just debuted during the 2022 season, and batted .226/.300/.420 with 14 home runs and 35 RBI in 89 games and 283 AB. I'm intrigued by what he could do with more seasoning and with more AB's.
Then there's the big one... LF Tyler O'Neill. O'Neill showed some potential in 2018-2020, batting .229/.291/.422 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 171 games and 410 AB. At least as far as his power is concerned, but he took it to a new level in 2021, when he batted .286/.352/.560 in 96 games and 383 AB with 34 home runs and 80 RBI. Unfortunately for him and St. Louis, he batted .228/.308/.392 in 96 games and 334 AB with 14 home runs and 58 RBI in 2022. Can he bounce back in 2023?
Personally, I think that if the Miami Marlins can get several of these hitters, it would be the best possible move for the team. St. Louis has basically their entire rotation hitting free agency next of-season so they need starting pitching pretty badly. Ideally, The Fish would get Nolan Gorman and Tyler O'Neill.