Why the Miami Marlins should Rebuild 

 
 The Marlins haven’t made the postseason since 2003, and that trend looks to continue this season. The Marlins are currently 42-51 and 14.5 back of the divison leading Washington Nationals. The White Soxs finally decided to sell last season after underperforming in 2014 and 2015, and it has worked out great for them as they now have 10 top 100 prospects in MLB. 

 

The Marlins could potentially bring in the same haul as the White Soxs brought in. The Marlins have a great offense but a below average pitching staff. The Marlins have a team ERA of 4.69 which ranks 24th in the Majors. They are in a tough NL East where the Nationals are one of the best teams in the Majors, the Braves and Phillies are in rebuilding mode and the Mets are a solid team when healthy. The Marlins haven’t finished 2nd in the division since 2009 and it was the last time they’ve finish the season over .500.

 According to Baseball America the Marlins have the 30th ranked farm system the worst in the majors. That could quickly turn around to being the best. They have the players to bring in strong hauls from Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, Justin Bour, J.T. Realmuto, A.J. Ramos and Dan Straily an co trading these players would start their rebuild with a bang. By the end of the deadline, the Marlins could end up with one of, if not the best farm system if they decide to go all in.

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5 Under the Radar Players who could be Traded at the Deadline

 

With the trade deadline only a few weeks away lets take a look at some players who won’t cost contenders their top prospects.


1. Khris Davis

There are a surplus of teams looking for corner outfielders. Davis has 1yr $5 Million left on his current deal. Davis is slashing .245/.333/.519 with 26 HRs and 63 RBIs. Look for Davis to be a quality option on the market. 

2. Jerry Blevins 

Blevins has 1yr $6.5 Million left with a team option. If the left handers market is too high with Wilson and Hands asking price, Blevins would be a solid back up plan. Blevins has 29.1 IP, 3.34 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 7.3 H9, 0.9 HR9, 4.6 BB9, and 12.7 SO9. Mets will be sellers at the deadline and Blevins will be a solid option for contenders to look at. 

3. Eduardo Nunez 

Nunez has 1yr $4.2 Million left on his current contract. Nunez is slashing .293/.318/.407 with 4 HRs 25 RBIs and 17 SBs. Nunez a quality utility player can play SS,2B,LF with 3B as his primary. Nunez brings depth to a club who can fill in many positions if injuries occur. Nunez would be a quality bat for a contenter who needs Speed and Flexibility. 

4. Juan Nicasio

Nicasio has 1yr $3.6 Million left on his current contract. Nicasio has 42.1 IP, 2.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 7.4 H9, 0.2 HR9, 3.4 BB9, 9.4 SO9, and 42.3 GB%. Nicasio having a career year with the Pirates is a solid righty with a nasty sinker. Contenders should be very intersted in Nicasio who would be big in groundball situations. 

5. Trevor Cahill 

Cahill has 1yr $1.8 Million left on his current contract. Cahill has 57.1 IP, 3.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 8.0 H9, 0.9 HR9,  3.1 BB9, 11.1 SO9 and 56.8 GB%. Teams looking for a 5th starter down the stretch or a long man for the playoffs would be very interested in Cahill. 

Diamondbacks showing interest in Marlins relievers David Phelps and A.J. Ramos 

 

Radio host Craig Mish from SirusXM has reported the Arizona Diamondbacks are showing significant interest in Marlins relievers David Phelps and A.J. Ramos. Phelps would give Arizona another long man to go along with  Randall Delgado and depth in rotation if a starter gets injured.   Ramos would give the Diamondbacks a quality closer to fall on if current CP Fernando Rodney continues to show decline. 

 Phelps in 44 IP has 3.68 ERA 1.27 WHIP 40 hits allowed and 40 strikeouts, Phelps has 26.4 K% and 8.8 B%. Ramos in 33.1 IP has 3.51 ERA 17 Saves 24 hits allowed 42 strikeouts and 18 walks. Ramos has 29.6 K% and 12.7% BB%, with hitters .197 AVG against him. Ramos and Phelps both have one year of arbitration elgibility remaining. 

 Talks would potentially start with Diamondbacks pitching prospect Jon Duplantier, his trade stock has risen since being recently selected to the 2017 Futures Game. Duplantier in 72 IP in Single A had 1.24 ERA 0.83 WHIP 45 hits allowed and 78 Strikeouts. This would give the Diamondbacks quality depth in the bullpen to make a run at the 1st place Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Every National League Team Overlooked Postion Player

Arizona Diamondbacks 

Brandon Drury

Drury was acquired from the Atlanta Braves that sent All Star OF Justin Upton to the Braves. Drury now with a every day job at 2B with Jean Segura being dealt to the Seattle Mariners in the 2016 Offseason. At the mid way point in 2017 Drury’s slash line is .285/.337/.462 posting 104 wRC+ and 1.4 WAR. Drury’s 1.4 WAR ranks 4th among NL 2B. Drury’s 8 HRs are 4th in NL 2B and 40 RBIs are 3rd among NL 2B. Drury becoming a very productive 2B for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Atlanta Braves 

Tyler Flowers 

On Decemeber 8th, 2016 Flowers signed a 2yr $5 Millon dollar contract with the Braves. The deal seems to be paying off for them Flowers is slashing .306/.397/.440 posting 126 wRC+ and 1.4 WAR. Flowers 1.4 WAR ranks 6th among NL Catchers, his 126 wRC+ ranks 3rd among NL Catchers. Flowers a quality trade candidate, with 1yr $3 Millon left on his deal a solid low budget catcher who would help a contender down the stretch. With limited catcher trade market the Braves could get decent value from Flowers.

Chicago Cubs

Willson Contreras 

Contreras is slashing .261/.329/.454 posting 106 wRC+ and a 1.9 WAR. Contreras has hit 11 HRs which is tied for 2nd among NL Catchers and has 41 RBIs which is 1st among NL catchers. The crazy thing about Contreras is he has a 9.3 Defensive WAR which is 3rd among NL catchers. Contreras future looks bright he’s only 25 with a elite arm and shows some power looking like he’s gonna become a star for the Cubs in a few years.

Cincinnati Reds

Tucker Barnhart

Barnhart has had a nice season for the Reds he’s slashing .273/.337/.401 with 87 wRC+ and a 1.4 WAR. Barnhart .273 AVG ranks 7th among NL catchers. Barnhart hitting just  2 HRs and 13 RBIs which is minimal but productive to what he brings defensively to the Reds. Barnhart posts 10.0 Defensive WAR which is 2nd among NL Catchers. A great defensive catcher is valuable to a pitching staff his slash line is productive enough for being a great defensive catcher.

Colorado Rockies 

Mark Reynolds 

Hard to believe Reynolds was only signed to a Minor League contract, it’s paying off great for the Rockies. Reynolds (32) is having a great season in Colorado slashing .284/.379/.519 posting 117 wRC+ and 0.8 WAR. Reynolds has 19 HRs and 61 RBIs which ranks 8th and 4th among NL 1B. Reynolds will be key for the Colorado Rockies during their fight to stay in the Wild Card hunt.  

Los Angeles Dodgers 

Chris Taylor 

Taylor once a top prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization was acquired from the Rays in exchange for Zachary Lee. Lets just say this deal has paid off greatly for the Dodgers, Taylor is slashing .285/.365/.480 posting 127 wRC+ and 2.3 WAR. Taylor also slugging 10 HRs and 38 RBIs. Taylor a super utility player for the Dodgers has played a major role in helping the team have the best record at the mid way point.

Miami Marlins 

J.T. Realmuto 

Realmuto snubbed as a back up catcher for the 2017 All Star Game, slashing .303/.357/.461. Realmuto posting 114 wRC+ and 2.0 WAR that ranks 3rd among NL catchers. Realmuto slugging 8 HRs and 34 RBIs both ranks 7th among NL catchers. Realmuto also posting 6.2 Defensive WAR ranks 7th among NL catchers. Realmuto is a all around catcher who produces solid numbers offensively and defensively. If the Marlins upcoming new ownership decide to sell off pieces Realmuto should bring in a great package of prospects. 


Milwaukee Brewers 

Domingo Santana 

Santana is having a career year slashing .291/.384/.497 for the 1st place Milwaukee Brewers. Posting 127 wRC+ and 1.7 WAR, Santana’s 1.7 WAR rank 4th among NL RFs. Santana slugging 15 HRs and 50 RBIs rank 7th and 4th among NL RFs. Santana has played a huge part in the Brewers young deadly offense.


New York Mets 

T.J. Rivera 

It’s been a rough injury derailed season for the New York Mets but they may have found themselves a quality 3B. Rivera slashing .299/.340./.443 posting 109 wRC+ and 0.8 WAR, Rivera has slugged 4hrs and 22 RBIs. Rivera’s109 wRC+ rank 11th among NL 3B. Rivera has been one of the few bright spots for the Mets this season.


Philadelphia Phillies 

Aaron Altherr

Altherr is having a fine season with the Phillies with a slash line of .284/.358/.530 posting 129 wRC+ and 1.3 WAR. Atlherr has slugged 14 HRs and 44 RBIs which both rank 8th among NL RFs. With the Phillies in rebuilding process they have found themselves a quality young OFer.


Pittsburgh Pirates 

Jordy Mercer

Mercer is having a solid season slashing .267/.346/.422 posting 101 wRC+ and 1.6 WAR. Mercer’s 1.6 WAR ranks 2nd among NL SS. Mercer has slugged 8 HRs and 36 RBIs which are 8th and 5th among NL SS. Mercer’s numbers aren’t eye popping but he’s a quality veteran who will help a contender down the stretch if the Pirates look to move him.


San Fransisco Giants

Denard Span 

The 2017 season has been a disaster for the San Fransisco Giants they currently have the 2nd worst record in the league. Span who’s dealt with injuries these past few seasons is having a fine season. Span slashing .284/.336/.444 posting 106 wRC+ and 1.0 WAR. Span has slugged 6 HRs and 20 RBIs with 4 SB. Span could be a quality OFer for a contending team that needs a veteran guy off the bench or for a injury replacement. 


San Diego Padres 

Yangervis Solarte 

Solarte is a quality utility player, who was having a solid season  before having a Right Oblique Strain. Solarte slashing .268/.349/.425 posting 107 wRC+ and 1.1 WAR. Solarte’s 1.1 WAR ranks 11th among NL 2B. Solarte has slugged 10 HRs and 40 RBIs. Solarte currently on a rehab assignment should expect him to be back by the trade deadline. Solarte should be a valuable player to pay attention too.


ST. Louis Cardinals 

Tommy Pham 

Pham is having a breakout 2017 season slashing .299/.386/.510 posting 136 wRC+ and 2.4 WAR. Pham’s WAR and wRC+ currently ranks 3rd in NL CFs. Pham has slugged 11 HRs and 34 RBIs which rank 9th and 11th among NL CFs. The Cardinals may have found their every day CF. 

Midseason MVP Candidates 

 

AL MVP CANDIDATES

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1. Aaron Judge

Judge is having one of the best seasons ever as a Rookie. Judge slash line is currently .329/.448/.691 posting a 197 wRC+ and a 5.5 WAR that currently leads the league. Judge also leads the league with 30 HRs and ranks 2nd in AL with 66 RBIs. The 6’7 young star has shown great progress after his struggles last season posting a slash line of .193/.263/.345 with a 63 wRC+ and a -0.3 WAR. This is a no brainer unless Judge slows down mightly you’re loooking at your AL MVP.

 

2. George Springer

Springer has been the spark of the 1st place Houston Astros since moving to the leadoff spot. Springer slash line is currently .310/.380/.613 posting 164 wRC+ and 3.7 WAR. Springer has 27 HRs which ranks 2nd in MLB and ranks 5th in RBIs in the AL from the leadoff spot. Springer who’s 29 is having a career year at the plate looks to lead the Houston Astros to a World Series.

3. Jose Ramirez

Ramirez is having a career season with Cleveland Indians. He is a great utility player he can play LF,RF,SS and 2B which is very valuable to the Indians. Ramirez current slash line is .332/.388/.601 posting 157 wRC+ and a 3.9 WAR. Ramirez 3.9 WAR ranks 5th in the AL and his wRC+ also ranks 5th in the AL. Ramirez has 17 HRs and 48 RBIs which ranks 17th and 26th in the AL. Ramirez is a very underrated player who went 2-2 in the ASG, keep a eye out for Ramirez doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon.


NL MVP CANDIDATES

1. Paul Goldschmidt 

What can you say about Goldschmidt, basesballs most underrated superstar, who is consistently one of the best players in the league. Goldschmidt’s current slash line .312/.428/.577 posting 153 wRC+ and a 4.0 WAR. Goldschmidts 153 wRC+ ranks 3rd in the NL and his 4.0 WAR ranks 2nd in the NL. Goldschmidt also posting 20 HRs and 67 RBIs which ranks 8th and 4th in the NL. With the Arizona Diamondbacks having a great season look for Goldschmidt to stay at the top of the NL MVP race.

2. Bryce Harper

The young phenom is having another great season after winning the NL MVP in 2016. Harper’s current slash line is .325/.431/.590 posting 161 wRC+ and a 3.8 WAR. Harper’s 161 wRC+ ranks 2nd in the NL and 3.8 WAR is 4th in the NL. Harper has 20 HRs which is tied for 8th in the NL and his 65 RBIs are 5th in the NL. Harper is a great young star for the game and looks to be at the top of NL MVP race for many more years to come.

3. Joey Votto
 Votto is another great superstar who is having a phenomenal season with the Cincinnati Reds. Votto’s current slash line is.315/.427/.631 posting 167 wRC+ and a 3.8 WAR. Votto’s 167 wRC+ ranks 1st in the NL and his 3.8 WAR ranks 3rd in the NL. Votto has 26 HRs which is tied for 1st in the NL with Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Votto ranks 3rd in NL RBIs with 68. Votto is such a pheonmenal player and has been the face of the Reds franchise for many seasons.
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