The endgame makes plenty of sense—lacking impact bats at most levels of the organization, the Marlins used the MLB trade deadline to plug those holes. But the route that the Fish took to get there surprised the entire industry.
Once all the dust had settled last week, the front office flipped right-handers Nick Anderson, Zac Gallen, Trevor Richards, Sergio Romo and Chris Vallimont for Jazz Chisholm, Lewin Díaz and Jesús Sánchez (plus reliever Ryne Stanek). FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline both rated the revamped farm system as 4th-best in Major League Baseball, with several of the new additions already making their presence felt.
Lewin Díaz has 8 hits since being traded to the Marlins. Half of them have been homers— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 9, 2019
Tonight's majestic blast pic.twitter.com/I00lFnumYS
However, with the exception of Romo, Marlins veterans on expiring contracts stayed put. Starlin Castro, Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker remain in Miami, unable to drum up significant interest among contending teams.
Taking everything into consideration, those surveyed by FanPulse several days ago overwhelming approved of how Michael Hill and Co. handled this critical opportunity.
That same 91% feel confident in the overall direction of the Marlins, while 66% like Don Mattingly as manager (despite coming off the first winless road trip of the 2019 season).
Down the stretch, I would expect y’all to be paying a close eye on how Isan Díaz and Lewis Brinson perform with consistent MLB reps, and whether or not Pablo López can recapture his pre-injury form. Anything else on your mind?
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