What will the Miami Marlins do at the trade deadline? Last season, the team made minor moves, bringing in Fernando Rodney before the All-Star game, then followed up by trading for Andrew Cashner while giving up hard slugger Josh Naylor. The moves the team made down the stretch (which included acquiring Jeff Francoeur after Giancarlo Stanton was injured) did little to help make the playoffs.
This season is a bit different as the Marlins aren’t as competitive as they were in 2016 and don’t have a deep farm system to part with key players. If there isn’t improvement after the All-Star break, this could be a franchise that sells rather than buys.
The biggest “rumor” so far involving the Marlins has to do with the Chicago Cubs looking to add outfield depth and a potential bat in the middle of the lineup. Per sportsmockery.com, the Cubs are in need of another elite on-base presence on their roster, as Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are the only everyday players on the Cubs roster that have an average or better OBP. And answer could be current Marlin outfielder Christian Yelich.
The 25-year-old center fielder is having a slow start to this 2017 season, however he is still slashing .264/.341/.394 with seven home runs, 39 RBI, and an 9.8% walk rate. Yelich’s down season numbers on the Cubs are still good enough for him to be considered the 3rd or 4th best hitter in their lineup.
The Cubs farm system could offer Miami players for the future, which is something the organization needs more of.
It’s hard to imagine the Marlins parting with any of the core players on the roster, but it may have to be done. As Sean Sears’ story explains. “The former franchise player is reportedly on the block, along with essentially the entire Marlins team this season, according Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s MLB Dish.”
Yelich was drafted out of high school by the Marlins in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.