Marlins open to trade offers for everyone except Alcantara

Posted: 26/07/2022 in MLB
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The Miami Marlins may be ready to tear it down yet again.

Miami is prepared to listen to offers for any of its big-league players except ace Sandy AlcantaraJon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

There are plenty of potential trade chips who could fetch good returns for Miami. Right-hander Pablo Lopez, who owns a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts and is arbitration-eligible for another two years, would likely be one of the most sought-after arms ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline.

Other potential trade candidates include first-time All-Stars Jazz Chisholm Jr. (who’s currently on the injured list) and first baseman/designated hitter Garrett Cooper, Gold Glove catcher Jacob Stallings, and relievers Steven OkertRichard Bleier, and Anthony Bass.

The 45-51 Marlins came into this year with hopes of taking another step toward contention. They signed free-agent sluggers Jorge Soler and Avisail Garcia over the winter and put together a bright young rotation headlined by Alcantara, Lopez, and last year’s NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Trevor Rogers.

But outside of Alcantara’s Cy Young-worthy season, things haven’t gone according to plan in South Florida. While the Marlins enter Tuesday only 5.5 games back of a playoff spot, they’ve lost 11 of their last 17 and have been outscored 94-61 in July. Their big offseason acquisitions have also flopped; Soler is on the IL, while Garcia’s put up a career-low .590 OPS with just seven homers.

Since opening what’s now known as LoanDepot Park in 2012, the Marlins have made the playoffs and posted a winning record just once, which happened during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

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