The Marlins’ offseason commerce curiosity in Willson Contreras was pretty properly documented, however it seems he wasn’t the one Chicago catcher pursued by the Fish. Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald report that the Marlins additionally made an “aggressive” try to accumulate Yermin Mercedes from the White Sox however couldn’t persuade the South Siders to half with him. “Aggressive” is a relative time period, however within the case of Mercedes, practically any centered effort to pry him away may’ve been seen as such previous to Opening Day. He’d logged solely a single MLB plate look previous to the 2021 season and entered the yr as a 28-year-old with 53 Triple-A video games underneath his belt. Scouting stories on Mercedes have universally tabbed him as a DH-only prospect who lacks a real defensive place.
There’s been no ignoring Mercedes’ outstanding breakout on the plate to start the season, nonetheless. The bat-first characterization of his talent set seems to be properly deserved, as he opened the yr with an unbelievable eight consecutive hits and is now 16-for-32 with a pair of homers, three doubles and 4 walks to match his 4 strikeouts. Mercedes clearly received’t maintain a .538 common on balls in play, however a minimum of early on, he seems the a part of a powerful DH possibility. Even with some regression to be anticipated, the torrid begin has certainly quelled any temptation for the White Sox to commerce the “Yerminator.” The Marlins, in the meantime, determine to proceed on the lookout for catching assist this summer time and into subsequent offseason, per Mish and Jackson.
A couple of extra notes out of South Florida…
- Whereas the Marlins could also be searching for catching assist now, they’d one of many recreation’s prime all-around backstops not way back. Miami traded J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies previous to the 2018 season, however The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal sheds some light on talks that came about with one other get together: the Reds. Talks between Cincinnati and Miami weren’t a secret on the time, and it’s been beforehand reported that present second baseman Jonathan India and catcher Tucker Barnhart had been among the many gamers who may’ve doubtlessly been despatched to the Marlins in a Realmuto take care of the Reds. The breaking level in talks, in keeping with Rosenthal, was that the Reds staunchly refused to half with flamethrowing righty Hunter Greene within the deal. Greene was the No. 2 total decide within the 2017 Draft, and whereas he’s since had Tommy John surgical procedure, he stays a extremely regarded pitching prospect. Then once more, righty Sixto Sanchez, whom the Marlins really did decide up of their eventual commerce of Realmuto, is extensively thought-about among the many recreation’s prime total younger skills.
- Corey Dickerson doesn’t look like within the Marlins’ plans past 2021, Jackson and Mish add within the beforehand linked Herald column, making a commerce at this yr’s deadline seem potential. Dickerson stood out as a somewhat logical on-paper commerce candidate within the first place, as a veteran on an expiring contract with an up-and-coming crew that almost all don’t count on to contend for a playoff berth. Dickerson, who’ll flip 32 in Could, has batted simply .259/.314/.402 by way of his first 243 plate appearances as a Marlin relationship again to 2020. He inked a two-year, $17.5MM deal to function Miami’s major left fielder, and whereas his energy and exit velocity have dropped off, his strikeout and stroll charges have really improved a bit with the Fish. As of this yr’s July 30 commerce deadline, Dickerson will nonetheless have $2.97MM remaining on this yr’s $8.5MM wage, plus an extra $1MM owed to him within the type of a deferred signing bonus. The Marlins may need to soak up a portion of that sum with a view to carry a few commerce.