Aguilar has spent the vast majority of his professional career in the Indians organization, but broke through in a big way for the Brewers in 2017. The heavy-set Venezuelan slugger slashed .261/.339/.492 with 59 home runs during parts of three seasons there, then was dealt to Tampa Bay last July. Aguilar, 29, consistently grades out poorly defensively and as a baserunner, so the Fish are attracted solely to his potential impact at the plate and in the clubhouse.
Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors projects Aguilar to earn approximately $2.5 million in arbitration for the 2020 season. As currently assembled, that’d make him the second-most expensive position player on the Marlins (trailing only Miguel Rojas). But it is still an efficient deal if he were to match his career 111 wRC+—100 is league average—and avoid significant injuries.
Aguilar is out of minor league options and would be arbitration eligible again in 2021 if something goes awry with top first-base prospect Lewin Díaz.
This acquisition puts Garrett Cooper, and even more so, Austin Dean, in an awkward spot. Both are right-handed bats, so that doesn’t allow for a basic platoon with Aguilar (also right-handed). They have the ability to shift to the outfield corners, but with elite talents like Monte Harrison and Jesús Sánchez on pace for 2020 MLB call-ups, their early-season performance would really be under the microscope...assuming both are still with the Fish come Opening Day.