Did you hear about the latest move by the Miami Marlins? We're still waiting for a bigger move however, such as getting a new Designated Hitter. It seems that Jorge Soler is not coming back to the team, so it's definitely time for a replacement. There's one option that I've seen mentioned on X, and that's free agent Joc Pederson. Is he a good option for The Fish?
Should the Miami Marlins target Joc Pederson as the new Designated Hitter,
Joc Pederson has had an interesting career up to this point.... He spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing for them from 2014 to 2020. His best season with the team came in 2019. He batted .249/.339/.538, with 36 home runs and 74 RBI in 149 games and 450 AB. Overall, he batted .230/.336/.470 with 130 home runs and 303 RBI, in 748 games and 2153 AB. The lefty had serious issues hitting same-handed batters, which ultimately made him more of a platoon bat.
Joc Pederson split 2021 between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. He batted .238/.310/.422, with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 137 games and 429 AB. He was a bench bat during this time and won the World Series with the Atlanta Braves. His bat trailed off in the World Series (.067/.176/.067) and the NLCS (.227/.292/.364). He did however bat .429/.429.1.286 in the NLDS.
Pederson moved on to the San Francisco Giants in 2022. He batted .274/.353/.521, with 23 home runs and 70 RBI, in 134 games and 380 AB that season. Joc was their DH that season, and that was the best performance of his entire season. Unfortunately for him and the team, he couldn't follow-up on that performance as well in 2023.
2023 saw Joc Pederson bat .235/.348/.416 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI, in 121 games and 358 AB. It was a disappointing season, which is why San Francisco appear to be uninterested in re-signing him. Should the Miami Marlins go after him? I mean maybe as some part of a platoon, but I'd rather have a better contact hitter and a non-platoon DH.