By: Jeffery Romeu
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This previous offseason, the Marlins front office basically dismantled the powerful lineup of the team for borderline average prospects. While it is unfair to determine that players like Jorge Guzman (Advanced-A), Magneuris Sierra (Triple-A), and Sandy Alcantara (Majors/Triple-A) aren’t high-quality players due to their lack of player time in the majors, there is more than enough sufficient evidence to prove that they will not match the productivity of Stanton, Ozuna, Yelich, and Gordon. With that in mind, the Marlins should be very cautious not to throw away even more quality pieces for flashy prospects with no real proven promise.
Brad Ziegler: ERA – 4.50 WHIP – 1.34 Record – 1 – 5 (Reliever/Closer)
Contract: Final year of $16M for 2 years
Ziegler is an interesting case for the Marlins, simply because as a closer, he ranged from average to bad. But as a reliever he has been solid. However, it is the last year of his contract and unless the Marlins magically turn into Murders Row after the All-Star break, they are not contending for anything but a quality pick in next year’s amateur draft. In that case, it would be a good idea to deal him before the deadline. The Dodgers have expressed interest in trading for him, but he won’t have a return of a top 50 prospect. So, in my opinion I believe it would be better to get a young player who has proven himself in the majors already or trade for Julio Urias and some hit friendly prospects.
Kyle Barraclough/Drew Steckenrider/Adam Conley
Contracts: All are under control until 2022
Arguably the crown jewel for the Marlins this season are the three young bullpen pitchers who frequently prove themselves to be quality arms for any team. All three players have generated the attention of teams like the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Indians for their possible playoff runs, yet I believe this situation is pretty straight forward for me. Unless any teams offer a top 50 prospect or multiple of their organization’s top prospects like the Red Sox have by offering Michael Chavis and Matt Collins, the Marlins should simply refuse. All three players are under control until 2022, are affordable, and could be important for the Marlins to build around in the future. Now, while it is unlikely the Marlins will contend anytime soon, if the Angels in the Outfield decide to visit Marlins Park in Little Havana, I’d love to see Barraclough’s slider spin even further.
JT Realmuto: BA - .317 HR – 12 RBI – 44 & 98% of the time catches runners stealing
Contract: Under control until 2021
The Marlins sole All-Star and possibly the best catcher in the MLB. Unless you convince the Blue Jays to give up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or the Braves to give up Ronald Acuna Jr. you should probably build around this one and trade him when you don’t want to offer him a long-term deal in or before 2021.
Starlin Castro: BA - .297 HR -7 RBI – 34 & doesn’t want to play for the Marlins
There is no debate that the Marlins should deal Castro and his big contract since the Marlins are not contending and Castro has stated multiple times he doesn’t want to stay in Miami. Trade him for some quality prospects, at this time the Marlins have made him available, but no team has publicly expressed their interest for his services. He might have to endure the extreme sun, daily rain showers, and of course the amazing traffic of Miami for a little longer.
Bottomline – The Marlins should be sellers at the trade, as I mentioned various times before, they are not contending so they might as well do the one thing Jeter will never admit he’s doing and “REBUILD”!!!!