The Miami Marlins have been active thus far this MLB offseason on both the free agent and trade market.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal notes that the Marlins have expressed interest in acquiring Ketel Marte from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The aforementioned transactions improve the Marlins, but acquiring Marte would change the entire dynamic of their operation.
Here’s why the Marlins should pull out all the stops for a Ketel Marte trade.
Ketel Marte uplifts the Miami Marlins’ offense
Miami has continually sported one of the worst offenses in baseball over the last four years. They finished last season 29th in MLB in runs (623) and OPS (.671) and 28th in batting average (.223), hits (1,244) and home runs (158). It’s a unit that has been a combination of raw youngsters and volatile veterans.
Sure, Marte has been a bit inconsistent and injuries have played a role in his career of late. At the same time, he would instantly become the Marlins’ best everyday player and take their offense from being anemic to respectable.
Marte is a smooth All-Star player who’s adept at playing second base, shortstop and center field. He can play any of those positions for the Marlins, as the veteran Miguel Rojas could move to third or assume a versatile backup infield role. Meanwhile, the Marlins’ outfield rotation has been a revolving door in recent memory, and Marte could serve as their outfield commander.