It continues to be a major topic amongst Miami Marlins fans – will the team trade either Marcell Ozuna or part ways with Giancarlo Stanton in an effort to acquire offseason pitching help?
Because of the offseason free agent market and the notion there isn’t the depth of starting pitching major league teams might want, a trade is possible. Two trades might also have to happen for Miami to find the arms it needs to solidify the starting rotation.
There is also a need for bullpen depth.
Now that the general managers’ meetings are over, the focus is on adding pieces to the puzzle. There weren’t any talks, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, regarding Stanton, but we do know there has been talk regarding Ozuna. There is interest out there for his bat. Stanton’s injury history raises a red flag, but the 27 home runs are still an attraction.
As the teams move on to the holidays and the owners’ meetings take place in December, everything can change. Other players could come up in trade discuss – such as Jeff Mathis or Derek Dietrich. There could also be talk of moving minor league talent, although there isn’t a lot to part with. The Marlins must play it safe but also must find the right fit.
“Ozuna, however, could draw trade interest. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time, and there isn't much thought to signing him long term,” Frisaro writes. “Christian Yelich already has been moved to center field, with Ozuna playing left. If an opportunity presents itself, I could see the Marlins trading Ozuna. But at the GM Meetings, president of baseball operations Michael Hill made it clear that the club isn't going to just give Ozuna away. The asking price will be high. So maybe he will be part of a deal to help beef up the rotation.”
Should the Marlins not trade either core player, could they be dealt at the trade deadline next year with Miami acquiring more minor league and roster pieces? It really depends on what happens in the next six weeks before the end of the year.