#2: Elias Diaz, COL
In a league with precious few top-tier catchers, Elias Diaz represents one of the better hitters at his position. A first-time All-Star in 2023, Diaz posted a stellar 72 RBI, 14 homers, and a .267 batting average, while appearing in a career-high 141 contests.
While the veteran did get the benefit of the thin air at his home park Coors Field, his home/away splits should give a club like the Marlins confidence that he can produce outside of Colorado. While his batting average did dip slightly away from Coors (.277 to .258), nearly half of his homers and RBI came on the road.
Diaz, unfortunately, ranks as a below-average pitch framer, he was in the top 8 at throwing out would-be base stealers last season. As such, he would represent a clear upgrade both offensively and defensively.
In a league where the number of superstar catchers can be counted on one hand, Diaz represents an everyday starter who would provide above-average production in nearly every facet of the game. Long rumored as a trade candidate, Miami would be wise to reach out to the Rockies front office about a trade.