Buying the NL East: Miami Marlins: Adding Power Threat
The Miami Marlins (55-48) have been making waves this season as they fight for a playoff spot in the National League. With the trade deadline approaching, the Marlins are exploring potential moves to bolster their roster and increase their chances of securing a postseason berth. Let’s take a closer look at some of the rumored trade options that could reinforce the Marlins’ lineup and improve their playoff prospects.
The Marlins’ catchers have struggled offensively this season, ranking near the bottom in WRC+ across MLB. One viable solution to address this weakness is acquiring Salvador Perez from the Kansas City Royals. While Perez may not be known for his defensive prowess, his offensive contributions cannot be overlooked. With a .726 OPS and 17 home runs, tied for the most among AL catchers, Perez would provide a significant offensive boost behind the plate for the Marlins. Despite his substantial contract and defensive concerns, the Marlins may have an opportunity to acquire Perez at a reasonable trade value, making him an attractive option. Of course, Perez, as a veteran, would have to agree to the trade.
The Marlins could pursue rookie first baseman Ryan Noda from the Oakland Athletics to enhance their offensive production. Noda has showcased impressive skills, ranking among the top-five qualified hitters in the American League with a remarkable on-base percentage of .375. His ability to draw walks and provide power would be a valuable addition to the Marlins’ lineup. While Garrett Cooper has been solid at first base for the Marlins, Noda’s skill set would bring a new dimension to their offensive capabilities. A potential trade involving RHP prospect Karson Milbrandt and C Paul McIntosh could facilitate Noda’s move to Miami.
Another player the Marlins have reportedly shown interest in is Jeimer Candelario, the switch-hitting third baseman from the Washington Nationals. Candelario has demonstrated significant improvement this season, slashing .256/.336/.819 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI. These numbers surpass his previous career highs, indicating his potential for even greater success. With the Marlins in need of players who can hit the ball and generate runs, Candelario’s skill set would make him an excellent fit for their lineup. If acquired, Candelario could potentially replace struggling veteran Jean Segura, who has struggled with a .218 batting average, two home runs, and 19 RBIs this season