Should the Miami Marlins acquire this OF bat?

Tyler O'Neill
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The Miami Marlins are looking for hitting help, among other needs as the Winter Meetings are underway. It sounds as if there's another bat that The Fish could potentially take a look at. With the Fish's OF situation not particularly perfect, looking for OF help might make quite a bit of sense.

The Miami Marlins could target Tyler O'Neill from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Let's take a look at the OF situation for the Miami Marlins... Jazz Chisholm Jr. is set for CF duty in 2024. He's not getting traded with his value a bit down due to his injury history, and he's not getting moved to another position again. The corner OF positions are a bit in flux. Bryan De La Cruz had an alarming -0.3 WAR in 2023 as the team's LF. He batted .257/.304/.411 with 19 home runs and 78 RBI, in 153 games and 579 AB. He's likely getting another shot, though it's debatable whether he deserves one.

Jesus Sanchez did better than De La Cruz, being worth 1.7 WAR in 2023. He batted .253/.327/.450, with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 125 games and 360 AB. Just like with DLC, it's not clear what the team really has with him. Another corner OF option is Avisail Garcia, who was worth -0.5 WAR. He batted an abysmal .215/.260/.316 in 135 games and 465 AB over the last two seasons.

It's pretty clear that the Miami Marlins need some help. St. Louis Cardinals OF Tyler O'Neill is not exactly a sure thing, but there's upside and a chance to buy low. O'Neill broke out in 2021 with a .286/.352/.560 batting line, with 34 home runs and 80 RBI in 138 games and 482 AB. He hasn't been the same since however, as he batted just .229/.310/.397 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI, in 168 games and 572 AB in 2022-2023.

Tyler O'Neill is a free agent after the 2024 season, and is no longer a starter in St. Louis. They also have an OF logjam and seem committed to clearing it up before the season. As long as the cost is low, the Miami Marlins can bring him in for the team's OF mix.