Miami Marlins’ Top 5 Trade Assets
Top Five Miami Marlins Trade Assets
Remember when the new-look Miami Marlins went on a spending spree two offseasons ago? You know, when they signed Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Heath Bell? Well, that was a long time ago. Now Buehrle, Reyes and Josh Johnson are playing with the Toronto Blue Jays after a trade this past offseason, Bell is playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Ricky Nolasco was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.
Sitting at just 32-55, last place in the National League East, the Marlins will again be sellers at this season’s MLB trade deadline; and believe it or not, there are a few very nice pieces that can still be traded from them in exchange for more young talent. It will be interesting to see when the next moves begin to happen with the Marlins. To acquire Nolasco, the Dodgers shipped minor league hurlers Angel Sanchez, Steve Ames and Josh Wall to the Marlins. According to Baseball America, Sanchez was ranked as the Dodgers’ 25th-best prospect, while Ames was ranked 21st and Wall 20th. Other teams that were rumored to be involved in the bidding war for Nolasco included the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies.
The Marlins do actually have some nice young talent on their roster at the moment. Jose Fernandez and Marcell Ozuna are very good young pieces the Marlins can build around moving forward. Giancarlo Stanton, if the Marlins decide not to move him, is also going to be a great player for the Marlins until they aren’t able to afford him once he becomes a free agent.
Rebuilding a team and a farm system can be a long and difficult process for players, managers, front offices and fans, but it needs to be done at times. If you want to see who the Marlins should be able to move at the trade deadline, keep on reading to find out.
Steve Cishek has been very good for the Miami Marlins this season, and quite frankly, closers aren't all that valuable for teams like the Marlins. CHis 2.97 ERA and 8.42 K/9 look very enticing for teams that need bullpen help.
Every team could use another lefty bullpen arm, and Mike Dunn fills that role. Not only is he a southpaw, but he is a very effective southpaw. In 37 innings, Dunn has a 3.16 ERA and 8.51 K/9. The Marlins could get a decent return if they choose to move Dunn.
Justin Ruggiano is a nice option for contending teams to trade for if they need a fourth outfielder. I don't think he's necessarily good enough to be a starting outfielder, but he's definitely valuable off the bench. His .226/.292/.415 slash line wouldn't look horrible on a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates for instance. The outfielder would likely not yield a major return, but at least the Marlins could get something for him.
Ryan Webb is a pretty cheap option for teams looking to improve their bullpen, he doesn't strike a lot of batters out (5.63 K/9), but his 3.29 ERA is still very good. Of all the options on this list, Webb would likely get the least in return.
Giancarlo Stanton is every fan's dream acquisition. Stanton has the ability to hit 40 home runs every season, and no ballpark is deep enough to contain him. His only issue has been injuries. This season, Stanton has a .246/.340/.437 slash line with eight home runs in 191 plate appearances. For any team to acquire Stanton, it would likely involve trading virtually the entire farm system.