Bruce Sherman made a lot of Miami Marlins fans excited, by saying that Kim Ng will have the resources to acquire help at the trade deadline. I talked about a major splash that can be done. I also talked about depth trades that would be vey beneficial. It's time to talk about today's breaking news, as there's another option if The Fish want to make a big splash at this year's trade deadline.
The Miami Marlins can go after Shohei Ohtani
The Los Angeles Angels grabbed headlines, by making two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani available in trade. I feel sorry for Ohtani. He's been worth 31.1 WAR in his career already, and has been every bit the generational superstar that he was hyped to be. Despite this, he was deprived of playing in the playoffs. Ohtani made it clear when he came to the Majors, that he wanted to win. That's the one thing that he didn't receive from the historically inept Los Angeles Angels.
Shohei Ohtani is a free agent after the season, but of course the Angels seem to think that they have a chance to re-sign him in the off-season. This is contrary to Ohtani's talk of playing on a winning team. The Angels are not making the playoffs this season, and next year doesn't look too promising either. The talk is that they want 2 top 50 prospects and and MLB ready ones as well.
What does that look like for the Miami Marlins? 2B/OF Xavier Edwards, SS Jacob Amaya, LHP Jake Eder, SP Eury Pérez and I guess SP Max Meyer. It would be something along these lines. There's no guarantee that this would be the winning offer. Even more than that, I don't see why Kim Ng would even consider trading Eury. That said, I also don't see the Angels accepting any trade offer that doesn't include Eury in it.
I'm not so sure that The Fish would be able to extend Shohei Ohtani, as he'll require the largest contract in history at this point. I mean he has a 6.5 WAR already! He's batting .302/.387/.663 with 32 home runs. That's video game numbers. He also has a 3.32 ERA/4.02 FIP, with 11.8 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. He technically helps both the lineup and the rotation. Is he worth that price as a rental? 100% not.
The Miami Marlins should not trade Eury or the top of the farm for anyone who is a rental. The worst case scenario here is an early playoff exit, and losing Ohtani, Eury and the top of the farm in return for a QO draft pick. No thanks.