#1: Danny Jansen, TOR
Bleacher Report listed Jansen as one of Toronto's best trade chips in 2024. If the Blue Jays are indeed content to hand their catching responsibilities over to former All-Star Alejandro Kirk (and perhaps some to Daulton Varsho), Jansen would slightly edge out Diaz as Miami's top trade target.
On one hand, there are a number of statistics that indicate that Jansen should rank well below a player like Diaz. His batting average was much lower in 2023 (just .228). His defensive metrics are worse (Jansen is just in the top 25 catchers in pitch framing and his below-average arm measures outside the top 40).
However, Jansen definitely has the better power bat (17 homers in 2023 without the benefit of Coors Field). In fact, he has more career homers in just six MLB seasons (65) than Diaz does in nine (56).
He is also much younger (28) than either Diaz (32) or Gomes (36). This gives the former a chance to continue to develop, while the latter two are more likely to regress. The combination of youth and power makes Jansen worthy of consideration as the Miami Marlins' #1 trade target at the catcher position.
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