The Miami Marlins have an obvious need at the catcher position as they seek to improve their depth chart and build off their surprise 2023 playoff run. Veteran Jacob Stallings struggled mightily, to the tune of just three homers, 20 RBI, and a putrid .191 batting average across 241 at-bats. Outside of a few key hits down the postseason stretch, he was a net-negative for the Marlins.
Meanwhile, the younger Nick Fortes posted equally sub-par numbers of six homers, 26 RBI, and a .204 batting average. While the 26-year-old may have some room left to develop, both he and Stallings, unfortunately, profile as, at best, backup catchers.
To make matters worse, Stallings was also below average as both a pitch framer (ranking 56 out of 63 catchers), and as a backstop arm (ranking 44 out of 63). Fortes, on the other hand, was able to crack the top 20 pitch framers. Yet, he was even worse containing baserunners, ranking 50th of 63.
One catching solution made our recent "Six Low-Cost Position Players the Miami Marlins Should Target in Free Agency" piece. However, there are also a number of potential options residing in the trade market.
Which catchers are on the trade block? And which should the Marlins target first? Here are our Top Three Catchers worth trading for: