The Miami Marlins still need a SS and more offensive help. Rumors keep insisting that The Fish are willing to trade starting pitcher Jesús Luzardo to make this happen. I'm not a fan of this happening, but I'm also staying open minded based on the return. It appears that the New York Yankees are the latest in line to acquire Luzardo. What can the Fish potentially get in return?
The Miami Marlins may be working on a trade with the New York Yankees.
I'm not a fan of trading from the diminished Miami Marlins rotation depth. We've talked about it ad nauseum here, but trading Jesus Luzardo should not be a solution, unless the return is very significant. It's also better to use free agency to bring in bats, without making the rotation worse.
The USA Today article recommends that The Fish target SS Oswald Peraza in the trade return. I'm not sure how I feel about this, a while his defense is highly rated, his offense leaves a lot to be desired. Peraza debuted in 2022 with a .306/.404/.429 batting line, with a home run and 2 RBI, in 18 games and 49 AB. Peraza's bloated .359 BABIP and low 81.6 EV hinted at a bleak future outlook. He overachieved in a short sample size in other words.
Oswald Peraza followed up his 2022 production with a lowly .191/.267/.272 batting line, with 2 home runs and 14 RBI, in 52 games and 173 AB. He did have a lower .256 BABIP, but a better 87.1 EV. In his last run in AAA in 2023, he batted .268/.357/.479, with 14 home runs and 36 RBI, in 63 games and 261 AB. He clearly was a much better hitter in AAA, but will that ever translate to the Majors?
I'm not a fan of the Miami Marlins acquiring unproven players for a top of the rotation starting pitcher in a non-rebuilding season. Another option of a prospective return in 2B Gleyber Torres. Torres is coming off of a .273/.347/.453 batting line, with 25 home runs and 68 RBI, in 158 games and 596 AB. He's however in his contract season, so he would need to sign an extension first. Something that I'm not so sure that Peter Bendix will give him.
I don't see how a trade between the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees makes sense, but I'm open minded to see what can possibly get done.