The Red Sox and Marlins have been discussing trade scenarios, and recent reports suggest the Sox have some interest in the veteran infielder. Joey Wendle When Miguel RojasThey also apparently discussed a more significant trade, with Fish looking to acquire a young first baseman. Triston Casasaccording to reports from Barry Jackson and Miami Herald’s Craig Misch.
Wendle and Rojas are both in their 30s and with free agency on the horizon, the trade value is fairly modest. But Casas, who turns 23 later this month, still has six years in control and is generally considered one of the game’s top 50 prospects. If he’s involved in any deal, it’s sure to be more than a Rojas or Wendle deal.The Herald reports that Miami tried to pry Casas out of Boston in talks about starting pitchers.
There is nothing to suggest that Boston was willing to deal with Casas or seriously considered an offer from Miami. Still, it’s worth noting that such a monumental deal was discussed.The Marlins have reportedly been trying to use their rotation surplus to grow their lineup for quite some time, but have yet to strike a deal to their liking. sandy alcantara and top prospect Eury Perez are reportedly off-limits, but Fish seems happy to let go of one of them. Pablo Lopez, Jesus Luzaldo, Trevor Rogers Also Edward Cabrera Give them an impact bat and make a deal with Casas for the guy.
The 26th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Casas climbed the minor league ladder before reaching the majors at age 22 last year. , but he also walked 20% of the time and hit five home runs in just 27 games.His lopsided .197/.358/. , showing that he was 20% better than the league average. This is a very small sample size, but he hits very well even in the minors. In his 72 Triple-A games last year, he hit .273/.382/.481 and wRC+ he had 127.
It makes sense that the Marlins would be interested in such an exciting young player, but it also makes sense that the Sox would want to keep him. Boston Acquisition Eric Hosmer It was released by the Padres at last year’s deadline, but seems to have impressed enough with Casas’ debut that he released Hosmer in December. The sudden pivot to include Casas in the deal is pretty shocking.
The Marlins are also potentially interested sedan raffaela, another highly touted Boston prospect, but further away from the majors. The 22-year-old infielder/outfielder should be poised to reach Double-A in 2022 and make a Triple-A appearance this year. While he’s not generally ranked as highly as Casas, he still has some hype, and Baseball His America now considers him his 78th-best prospect in all of baseball, with MLB Pipeline has placed him in his 96th slot. But Jackson and Misch report that the Marlins are prioritizing improving his 2023 team, with Rafaela less interested than his MLB counterpart Casas.
The general framework of the trade is not entirely unthinkable in the sense that the Sox will certainly be able to use the starting pitchers the Marlins have to offer. Chris Sale When James Paxton Haven’t pitched much in the last 3 years, but recently signed Corey Kluber He’s almost 37 and has his own injury question marks. Garrett Whitlock It worked well in relief, but it seems he’s headed for a transition to the rotation despite having only nine MLB careers at this point in his career. Nick Pivetta Arguably the most reliable member of the team, he has never had an ERA below 4.53. Adding insurance to that group makes sense, but the cost of the acquisition being discussed with Miami seems high.
The Marlins have enough starting pitchers to attract the interest of the Red Sox and many other teams in the league, but these stories, given their high asking prices, are a question as to why they’re still under contract. With those talks yet to come to fruition, the club will pursue enough offensive upgrades to produce 88 wRC+ in 2022 and finish 25th in the league. Limited to free agents because of
the club was interested Jose AbreuInstead, Abreu joined the Astros on a three-year deal with a similar annual salary of $58.5 million, according to Jackson and Misch reports. did.The Marlins then pivoted Justin Turner and offered him a one-year contract worth $15 million. He instead joined the Reds in 2023 on a deal that would pay him $15 million, but there is also an option for him to be a player in 2024, which guarantees him $21.7 million over two years. The Fish also reportedly provided Brandon Drury It was $19 million over two years, but signed a slightly smaller $17 million deal with the Angels. Sam Blum and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently revealed that Drury has been in a relationship with Phil Nevin since he was an Angels manager growing up as an Angels fan and Nevin managing the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team. reported. 2015 and he in 2016. After failing to acquire Abreu, Turner and Drury, the Marlins signed their next player. Jean Segura.
Segura is a solid addition, but it looks like the Marlins are still close to completing an important trade that will have an even bigger impact on their lineup. Casas seems unlikely to be one of them, but it gives some idea of the type of influential player they’re eyeing. With about six weeks left in spring training, it will be very interesting to see what players they are looking to acquire and if they can sign a contract.