Anthony Santander is in the final season of arbitration and is pegged to be a free agent in 2025 so the Orioles need to deal him. The Orioles would get one of the best young pitchers in the MLB in return as Jesus Luzardo had back to back low three ERA seasons. Santander would fill the power hitter needs and outfield needs the Marlins have at the moment with Jorge Soler’s departure.
If the Marlins can resign Santander for a 3 year extension, it will be worth it. Santander last season hit 41 doubles, 28 home runs, and drove in 95 while hitting .257. All they would need is to find another starting pitcher in the free agent market to fill in Luzardo’s spot. Luzardo will be missed severely as he is pegged to the be the number one starter this season with Sandy Alcantara on the shelf, but the return would be worth it in my opinion.
The Orioles system is wrought with prospects in the top 100 including several outfielders. Colton Cowser for one is ready to go and can fill in for Santander’s absence right away along with Avisail Garcia. Garcia would provide some veteran experience to start the season with Cowser getting comfortable as the regular starter for the majority of the season. Garcia could be not desired and dropped from the trade but the Marlins would want to deal him if possible. This trade would help the Marlins however start to rebuild their minor league system.
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