Should the Miami Marlins get in on a potential Chicago fire sale?

Eloy Jimenez
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The Miami Marlins could use some pitching help, and could use another power hitter. It's the latter that makes me think that The Fish should trade for the topic of this article. The Chicago White Sox might be getting ready for a fire sale. Multiple key players on that team are being talked about in trades. Chicago is still acting as if they might contend next season, but let's be honest, they won't and I'm sure they know it.

The Miami Marlins should get in on a potential Chicago White sox fire sale.

Peter Bendix has a lot to do this off-season. One of the things that The Fish should do is add more power to the lineup. One such option could be Chicago White Sox Designated Hitter Eloy Jimenez. Eloy debuted in 2019 with a .267/.315/.513 batting line, with 31 home runs and 79 RBI, in 122 games and 468 AB. It was a great debut, but the -1.3 dWAR was definitely a concern. His 91.6 Exit Velocity was pretty impressive on the other hand.

Things went downhill for Eloy Jimenez soon after that. With the exception of the shortened 2020 season, he was unable to play more than 84 games in a season. From 2020 to 2022, he batted .281/.334/.499 with 40 home runs and 132 RBI, in 194 games and 718 AB. He had a 92.0 Exit Velocity and bad defense throughout that stretch of time. With the reputation of being injury-prone, 2023 was a key season for him.

Eloy Jimenez had his highest WAR this season, producing a 1.7 WAR in 120 games and 456 AB. In other words, he once again had some health issues. He batted .272/.317/.441 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI. He had a 90.9 Exit Velocity for the season. Eloy will make $13.8 million in 2024, has a $16.5 million team option for 2025, and an $18.5 million team option for 2026. He has $3 million buyouts for both seasons.

Eloy Jimenez has great power, but his bad defense and injury-proneness are legitimate concerns. Still, if he can be had at a discounted price, he could be a good fit at DH, if he can stay healthy.

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