Reason 2 - the Marlins don’t have to face him regularly
The Miami Marlins 2024 schedule is out and they face the Ohtani led Dodgers on two different occasions. The Marlins don’t play against him at home until the end of September, so any Ohtani fans will have to wait until then to see him in person. Thankfully though the Braves and Phillies were not able to get him, leaving the NL East as it was. The Marlins still have a lot of gaps to fill and so hopefully those gaps will be easier to fill right now. Now if the Marlins can luck out and Yamamoto signs with a non-division team as well we could be really in luck.
Reason 1 - Trade Benefits
The Miami Marlins lost Jorge Soler and have yet to replace him in free agency. The Dodgers could now be shipping a player or two off the roster to pay for his huge contract. There could be a few more players available as a result, and the Padres and Giants could resort to rebuilding with the Diamondbacks and Dodgers making runs at the pennant. As Allen wrote, JD Martinez now could be a potential as we know LA won’t be going after him, so that’s just one example of who could be freed up.
The other big possibility is that the Dodgers will be looking for cheaper starting pitching and the Marlins could be poised for a big deal. The Marlins have some of the better cheap starting pitching, and they could ask for the moon from the Dodgers to get a hold of one of their young arms. If the Marlins were to offer up Edward Cabrera or Braxton Garrett for multiple Dodgers, something around River Ryan, Diego Cartaya, Andy Pages, or Austin Gauthier. It would be a great swap for the Marlins who could still deal 1 pitcher for help at the MLB level, and several of those prospects are ready to jump now or in the near future.
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