Whereas the Yankees simply missed out on Japanese super-star Shohei Ohtani, they did land one other huge fish, reeling in reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in a commerce with the Miami Marlins. The commerce, along with the Marlins’ cope with the Mariners sending Dee Gordon to Seattle and their commerce with the Cardinals to off-load Marcell Ozuna confirms months of hypothesis and rumors: the Marlins are in “Every little thing Should Go” mode.
Regardless of a sub-par season in 2017 and three of their largest names already moved, the Fish nonetheless have a number of engaging items that could possibly be moved for prospects, and different groups ought to be chomping on the bit for the possibility to commerce for them.
Contract: Group possibility for 2022, free agent after 2022
Christian Yelich took a couple of steps backward this season from his stellar 2016 marketing campaign, through which he hit 20-plus homers for the primary time in his profession and led certified Marlins hitters in SLG.
His energy appeared to fade in 2017, as his slugging proportion dropped again to its profession common regardless of managing an OPS over .800 for the second straight season. Of explicit be aware: Yelich noticed his common exit velocity drop by practically 2 mph from 2016 to 2017 and his xwOBA dropped virtually 30 factors, which elevate a couple of eyebrows as as to if we’ll see the 2016 model of Yelich once more.
Regardless of this, Yelich was nonetheless a extremely productive participant in 2017: His bat and glove have been effectively above common, and Yelich was the sixth most dear participant on the bottom paths by Baserunning Runs (BsR). Even when groups do not anticipate him to search out his energy stroke once more, Yelich remains to be a beneficial and versatile outfield piece.
Yelich’s low-cost contract makes him a sexy possibility as an outfield bat, particularly to groups in search of a centerfielder this offseason. On condition that the one big-name free agent centerfielder is Lorenzo Cain, groups who’ve been manufacturing starved within the middle subject division (particularly the Mets and Giants) is likely to be smart to spring for Yelich if he’s accessible.
Contract: Arbitration eligible in 2018, free agent after 2021
Bour began wanting like a star in 2017, solely to go down for a number of months with an indirect damage. Regardless, in a yr highlighted by elite offensive manufacturing from first basemen throughout the majors, Bour completed seventh in OPS amongst first basemen with a minimum of 400 plate appearances and clubbed 25 residence runs regardless of taking part in solely 109 video games. When wholesome, Bour is an offensive powerhouse.
Whereas Bour had been focused in commerce discussions earlier than, most notably on the non-waiver deadline by the Yankees, the Marlins appeared reluctant to maneuver him. It is sensible they could maintain him this offseason.
Given what number of energy bats can be found for affordable on the free agent market, groups could be reluctant to commerce for Bour except it was on a budget, and whereas the Marlins haven’t shied away from buying and selling elite gamers on a budget thus far this offseason, it might be wisest to attend till there’s extra of a marketplace for him. If the Fish find yourself deciding to drag the set off on a Bour commerce this offseason, anticipate to see the Purple Sox, Yankees, or presumably the Mariners in play.
Contract: Arbitration eligible in 2019, free agent after 2022
Barraclough has all the time been an intriguing determine within the Marlins’ pen. Since his 2015 debut, the Marlins’ setup man has posted the 14th highest Ok/9 of any reliever within the MLB (12.09 Ok/9). However he is all the time struggled with management — his 5.52 BB/9 is the second highest within the majors over the identical time-frame. Regardless of the management points, Barraclough has been an efficient reliever in his time with the Fish, as his profession 2.87 ERA attests.
If Barraclough may carry his walks down, there’s little doubt that he could possibly be an elite reliever, however even when he stays the course, he may nonetheless appeal to some consideration on the commerce marketplace for the Marlins, particularly since Barraclough is pre-arb. The largest obstacles to the Fish transferring Barraclough is the remainder of the market — with a plethora of stable relievers accessible in free company, groups this offseason have their decide of the lot.
Contract: Group possibility for 2020, free agent after 2020
The largest identify coming to the Fish within the Stanton deal is Starlin Castro’s. Given the Marlins’ penchant for wheeling and dealing this offseason, it might hardly be stunning if Castro was flipped earlier than spring coaching.
Regardless of posting the best OPS of his profession, park-adjusted numbers have been lower than sort to him. Shifting from the pleasant confines of Yankee Stadium may trigger a major drop in Castro’s energy numbers. Castro’s problem with drawing walks and his struggles with strikeouts are big warning indicators, as his unspectacular manufacturing is closely BABIP reliant.
Nonetheless, Castro offers stable protection at second base and a constantly common bat nonetheless holds some worth, as does his low-cost contract. For groups that lose out on Neil Walker, Castro may make for a wonderful backup plan. It’s already been reported that the Mets have been in contact with the Marlins about Castro, so they seem like the most probably touchdown spot for now.