During the 2018 MLB Offseason, we will be doing an in depth look at each team’s situations for the offseason and offer some insights to what we believe would make sense.
We start off with the NL East, which looks to have one of the more fascinating winters upcoming. With the Phillies, Braves, and Mets all possibly having large spending budgets, the Nationals facing a franchise-altering decision, and the Marlins being… well… the Marlins, it has all the makings of absolute chaos that hasn’t been seen since OJ decided to fire up the ol’ Bronco.
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3 Biggest Needs:
Top 5 FA Targets:
- Robinson Chirinos, C
The Marlins will need a catcher once they trade Realmuto and they won’t be shopping anywhere near the “top shelf”. Matt Wieters could also be a low-cost option in hopes he plays well and can be traded at the deadline.
- Devin Mesoraco, C/1B
Although he’s not an everyday catcher, Mesoraco could be a solid piece to catch half the season if healthy and perhaps get some reps at 1B and DH.
- Logan Morrison, 1B
The Marlins need a 1B and someone the fans can root for to have some people show up to the games for a change. Logan Morrison had a lot of fans in Miami and could be another buy-low option for the last place team.
- Logan Forsythe, INF
Speaking of buy-low… it doesn’t get much lower than Forsythe at this point. Once a hot commodity on the trade market, he goes to the bargain bin and just looking for regular playing time. Lucky for him, the Marlins have zero talent at basically every position he plays and he can go bat clean-up for them.
- Jeremy Hellickson, SP
One of the biggest needs on this Marlins team is a reliable starter that can eat some innings. Hellickson has been solid in the NL, eats innings, and is probably going to come cheap… a match made in heaven.
Top 3 Trade Ideas:
- Marlins trade 2B Starlin Castro to the Angels for RF Kole Calhoun
For the second straight offseason, the Angels trade for a 2B on the back-nine of his career. Both players have one year + a club option left and the money almost lines up perfect. The trade shaves ~$1.5M off the Marlins payroll and the Angels are able to make room for the eventual Jo Adell call-up.
- Marlins trade UTIL Derek Dietrich & SP Jose Urena to the Twins for CF Byron Buxton and INF Ehire Adrianza
In true Marlins fashion, they move about $7.25M in salary to the Twins for buy-low candidate Byron Buxton and middle infielder Adrianza. The move saves Miami a little over $3M in salary and the Twins upgrade their roster and rotation. And most importantly, Derek Jeter works towards maximizing his bonus!
- Marlins trade 3B Martin Prado and SP Dan Straily to the White Sox for RF Avisail Garcia
See a pattern here? The Marlins trade $19.5M in outgoing salary to the White Sox for Avisail Garcia and his $8.5M 2019 salary. Both Prado and Garcia are expiring contracts, but the White Sox gain a reliable arm to add to their young rotation for a couple years. Additionally, the White Sox open up RF for Eloy Jimenez to eventually take over when he’s “ready”… aka August of this past season.
- Marlins trade C J.T. Realmuto to the Yankees for C Gary Sanchez, 1B Luke Voit, and SP Domingo Acevedo
I know you were wondering where Realmuto trade would be… I’m going bold-ish. The Marlins are clearly moving Realmuto and the Yankees seem to be growing tired of Sanchez, so they form the basis for this deal. The Marlins also snag SP prospect Domingo Acevedo and Luke Voit, who can fill the gap at 1B and be a cheaper ogre-clone of Justin Bour.