Elieser Hernandez most likely to be traded by Miami Marlins

Sep 22, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez (57) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez (57) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Miami Marlins are in a position that most other teams would envy. Not only do they have some of the top pitching prospects in the game, but their starting rotation at the major league level is eight or nine arms deep. With major league caliber arms in such high demand, and several holes in their lineup, the Marlins are expected to deal from their stockpile.

It is still a matter of determining which arms will be dealt. At this point, Elieser Hernandez may be the most likely of their arms to be traded once the lockout ends.

Miami Marlins likely to put Elieser Hernandez on trade block

There are question marks when it comes to Hernandez. He has battled injury over the past couple of years and has been extremely homer prone when on the mound. His fastball not only sits in the low 90s, but has a subpar spin rate, leading to the offering getting crushed even in a pitching haven such as loanDepot park.

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Those same questions also make Hernandez eminently affordable. He is projected to earn just $1.4 million this year and is under team control for three more seasons. Likewise, for all of the struggles he has had with his fastball, his slider and changeup have been nearly unhittable.

Even with his home run issues, Hernandez has been a solid option when he has been on the mound. He has produced a 3.84 ERA and a 1.218 WHiP in his 77.1 innings, striking out 87 batters with 19 walks. If a team feels they can work with his fastball and find a way to get Hernandez to keep the ball in the yard, he could be a bargain.

At his expected price tag, he would be well worth that gamble. If nothing else, he would be a solid back of the rotation arm with multiple years of team control and the potential to dominate. The Marlins may actually land a solid player in return for Hernandez.

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The Miami Marlins are expected to trade from their pitching surplus. Elieser Hernandez may be the most likely option to be sent elsewhere.