Harold Capote Fernandez
Currently, the Miami Marlins have one of the best youth rotations in any major league, a group that includes Venezuelan Pablo López.
As exciting as that may be for his fans, it’s no use if the team doesn’t supplement that with a core of talented position players and capable relievers.
Early indications are that the Fish haven’t done enough to compete in 2022. In the first of a series of years on the back burner, they’re playing under 500 to date, the 10th-best record in the NL . Start of the week.
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The whole of Little Havana isn’t bad enough to consider a complete rebuild, but senior management must be prepared to take substantial steps that will optimize the organization for 2023 and beyond.
During the first quarter of this year 2022, López formed a super duo with Sandy Alcantara. In 8 starts and 46 innings, all of that the manager has a 2.04 ERA and a .204 opponents batting average.
Unlike Alcantara, which signed a contract extension last winter, Lopez and the Marlins went to an arbitration hearing that was finally resolved last week. The club won his case and the 26-year-old right-hander will earn just $2.45 million this season.
On the other hand, and as is customary year after year, teams fighting for a playoff spot will seek pitchers on the forex market; In this context, the combination of Lopez’s recent performances, his low 2022 salary and the two additional years of control (until 2024) should make him very attractive for buyers.
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If the Marlins don’t extend it, it would be a tantalizing opportunity to sell high while meeting other needs.
What club would try harder to land Major League Baseball’s April pitcher of the month in such a scenario?
With the current circumstances, the Los Angeles Dodgers seem like a strong contender. After Walker Buehler and Julio Urias, there are plenty of question marks over the rest of the rotation, which, while still excellent in good health, Clayton Kershaw’s reliability isn’t what it used to be.
Likewise, Dustin May is still in rehab after Tommy John’s surgery, and only time will tell how Tony Gonsolin’s performance holds up over a full season.
On the other hand, Trevor Bauer is in the process of appealing his two-year suspension from MLB, but even if he surprisingly wins his lawsuit, the Dodgers don’t expect to let him back on the mound.
What should Andrew Friedman and the Blues do to snatch the effective Lopez from Kim Ng’s Marlins?
According to the fishstripes portal, the negotiation could be planned in this way:
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Marlins get wide receiver Diego Cartaya (24th MLB prospect in Baseball America, 24th in MLB Pipeline and 38th in FanGraphs), plus outfielder Andy Pages (92nd/64th/92nd)
Why does this make sense for Miami?
What an organization should hope to accomplish by exchanging an established asset is to establish or supplement an already established foundation for the next core. With this trade, Miami would do just that.
His fans have learned the hard way that there are no certainties in the world of prospects. However, the caliber of players involved here makes it almost too good to pass up.
Cartaya, 20, has made great strides in his minor league hitting. In 59 games in Greensboro’s A league since 2021, he has hit a .276 batting average, .396 OBP and .575 hitting percentage and 18 homers, earning him accolades.
— Matt T (@mdthompFWFB) October 12, 2019
When the trade deadline rolls around, he’ll be primed for promotion to the Farms and it’s only a matter of time before he can give current Marlins mask Jacob Stallings a run for the starting job.
Venezuelan prospect Diego Cartaya of the Dodgers against Cy Young winner Blake Snell. pic.twitter.com/AjZDGil2UQ
—Anderson Vargas (@ander_beisbol) May 5, 2022
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As for Andy Pages, his major league option will depend even more on his bat. The outfielder has a career .262/.388/.535. After hitting 31 High-A home runs last year, he doesn’t dig as often in AA (5 HR in 165 at bat), but he’s still very productive thanks to his discipline at the plate, this skill elevates his level as a player. it should be celebrated by the Marlins organization, which has seen too many of its free-roaming prospects fail when they reach the marquee.
— MLB Cuba (@mlbcuba) June 28, 2021
The viability of this move is also supported by the absence of a stable central defender in Miami, as neither Jesús Sánchez nor Bryan De La Cruz have cemented this position so far. Although Pages presents himself more as a corner player, he has 70 games at center.
The rookie won’t be ready for the big stage in 2022, but his excellent all-around performance at the minors could force the hand of the front office.
—Gian Franco (@Gian_Gil98) April 25, 2022