The Miami Marlins have a new PBO, and today Peter Bendix started making some moves. Hopefully a certain extension is one of those moves sooner rather than later. Today was the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players for the 2024 season. The Fish had some decisions to make, as far as non-tendering players and acquiring players from other teams. Teams tend to try to trade their players if they plan on non-tendering them.
The Miami Marlins made some interesting moves on deadline day for tendering contracts.
Peter Bendix made a trade with his former team, as he traded Minor League SS Erick Lara, a player to be named later and Rookie ball RHP Andrew Lindsey to the Tampa Bay Rays for IF/OF Vidal Briujan and RHP Calvin Faucher. This is an interesting trade, as the Miami Marlins traded away some Minor Leaguers not close to making the Majors, for two players who were going to be non-tendered.
Calvin Faucher pitched in 39 games (4 starts) for Tampa in 2022 and 2023. He produced a combined 6.32 ERA/4.98 FIP, with 8.8 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9. The control is obviously a serious issue, as are his ERA and FIP. There's not that much to like about him looking at those results. That said, pitching depth is always important and he does have a fastball in the mid-90's.
Vidal Brujan is the more interesting new player. He can play pretty much every position except for catcher and pitcher, and was an MLB top 100 prospect from 2019 to 2022. He didn't do so well in the Majors so far, as he batted just .157/.218/.221 in 99 games and 249 AB. I'm hoping that the 25 year old figures things out going forward.
Now on to the non-tenders.... Catcher Jacob Stallings is finally gone from the Miami Marlins. Stallings has been a complete disaster for The Fish. He batted .210/.287/.290 in 202 games and 587 AB in 2022-2023. He was worth -1.3 WAR for that run and it was time for the team to move on.
Also gone is IF/OF Garrett Hampson. Hampson batted .276/.349/.380 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI, in 98 games and 221 AB. He was worth 1.3 WAR this season, ironically the opposite of what Stallings accumulated for his two seasons. Hampson however is a career .241/.305/.371 for his 6 year career, most of which was spent with the Colorado Rockies.