The Miami Marlins should be excited about the moves they can make this offseason.
Not only are they capable of signing any free agent they want, but they also have a few trade chips worth moving.
It is about time the Marlins make a playoff push next season.
Here are two moves they need to make in the offseason to help them do that.
1. Add A Star Hitter
The Marlins last made the playoffs in 2020, during the 60-game shortened season.
If they want to put themselves in that position again, they need to add a big-time bat.
None of them stand out as perennial All-Stars at this point.
Marlins were in on Jose Abreu per sources. To what level I’m not completely clear but I’m fairly certain they were one of the teams he was considering. The good news from this is that it looks like the Marlins are prepared to add to the payroll again this offseason.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) November 29, 2022
The pitching staff is too good in Miami to not be supported more by their lineup.
This offseason is a chance for the Marlins to show they are all-in on winning.
2. Trade Pablo Lopez
Another good way for the Marlins to add an impact bat is by trading their excess pitching.
One player whose name keeps coming up is Pablo Lopez, who appears to be available for trade.
Lopez is coming off a very impressive season that saw him throw 180.0 innings with 174 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA.
There should be plenty of teams interested in Lopez.
#MiamiMarlins have a chance to land Bo Bichette! This Toronto Star article says that he’s the most likely player the #TorontoBlueJays will trade for a major improvement & they’re interested in starting pitchers like specifically Pablo López in return. https://t.co/c9b4qXpcug
— Marlin Maniac (@MarlinManiac) November 25, 2022
But, the Marlins should hold out for a package of at least one major league-ready hitter.
Miami has plenty of pitching depth and they should look to move Lopez before his contract is up.