The A’s ongoing quest to clear as much payroll as possible could benefit the Miami Marlins.
In this case, the Marlins may be able to swing a package deal. Ramon Laureano is also arbitration eligible, and due to his PED suspension that went into the 2022 season, also has three more years of team control left. For the Marlins, a team that has made finding a center fielder a priority, having that stability has to be important.
When he is right, Laureano is a solid all around option. He has a bit of power and speed, making him capable of being a catalyst atop the batting order. He had also been a Gold Glove caliber center fielder in the past although his defensive metrics over the past two years have begun to slide.
This could also be the perfect moment to pluck Laureano from Oakland. His value may be at its lowest point after he posted a .211/.287/.376 batting line with 13 homers and 18 doubles in his 383 plate appearances while stealing 11 bases. However, he was never able to get on track due to that suspension and various injuries. Even with those issues, he still showed the potential to make a difference.
The Oakland A’s could solve some of the Miami Marlins’ problems. Ramon Laureano would seem to be a perfect fit in the lineup.