The Miami Marlins are searching for a bat to replace the departed slugger Jorge Soler and they may have a match if they can swing it. The Rays are reported to be shopping All-Star Randy Arozarena and it would not only be a great replacement but an upgrade from Jorge Soler. Arozarena has great energy and enthusiasm and if the Marlins can swing it they need to make this trade happen and happen now before other teams grab him.
Randy Arozarena would be a great fit for a Jorge Soler replacement
Jorge Soler is injury prone and although he had a great season this year, the Marlins need more consistency to continue their success. As we wrote yesterday it’s likely an outfielder is trade bait and the most value would come from Jesus Sanchez so I could see a swap materializing. There would be an easy and instant place in the lineup and on the field for Arozarena so let’s see why he is an upgrade and where he would fit in the lineup.
Soler had a great season this year hitting .250 with 36 home runs and 75 RBI which put him at the heart of the Marlins offensive production. Arozarena by contrast hit .254 this season with 23 home runs, 83 RBI, and 22 stolen bases.
Arozarena is under team control until 2027 and is an outfielder almost 100% of the time, rather than Soler’s DH position. He also adds the speed element with both his defense and on the basepaths that Soler doesn’t possess. The most important difference however is that Arozarena is on the field, playing on average 150 games a season. As such he had 8 outfield assists this past season and 4 the prior season. He is arbitration eligible this offseason and is likely to fetch around $10 million which would absolutely be worth it and he would give the Marlins a truly impressive outfield.
The Marlins brass needs to make an effort to acquire him and it would be even more valuable if they can bounce Avisail Garcia at the same time, yet that is unlikely. Peter Bendix has familiarity with the talents of Arozarena and also the needs of the Rays so he might be in a prime position to land him if he has the talent to trade. I would love to see him rounding out the Marlins lineup in the two hole in the order left open by Soler.
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