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Best destinations for summer trades

Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my point of view on how the Marlins should handle the coming trade deadline. Today, potential trade players and partners will be presented. Even though that 3-game series versus Philadelphia was absolutely discouraging, that is yet another reason to clean the house. I still believe the Marlins have some answers for their struggles sitting in Jacksonville.

So here you have 5 players that personally think should be traded away, along with some teams that might be interested. Those teams were selected thinking of three main reasons: Necessity of improvement in the given position, a potential playoff push and some financial flexibility.

1. Jesús Aguilar: A down year slashing .252/.299/.401/.700 with 11 HRs and 37 RBIs still good for a 98+ OPS. Teams needing help from a 1B/DH/RH power bat are Red Sox, Astros, Mariners, Twins and maybe the Guardians. Return won't be much, but won't be nothing either.

2. Braxton Garrett: I think this is the point where the Marlins should sell him high. He is having a solid season so far (ERA: +111, FIP: 3.45) and with Meyer, Cabrera and Luzardo coming back from the IL, there is no room for him in the rotation and he has nothing else to do in AAA, making him an excellent trade chip. From all the teams contending this season, the Padres are the only team NOT needing a back-of-the-rotation starter, so suitors would be plenty. This is specially critical for Boston, CWS, MIN, CLE and STL.

3. Anthony Bass: Mattingly finally found a place for him in the bullpen and this year his results have been remarkable. Bass sports a 1.36 ERA with some nice-looking peripherals: 302 ERA+ and only one HR allowed in 39.2 innings. Due to free agency by the end of the season, there is not much case keeping him, even trying to contend. Teams like: Giants, Blue Jays, Red Sox, White Sox and Twins could really use Bass' arm, but every team contending would do that as well.

4. Cody Poteet: He is on a similar situation as Garrett, but Poteet can be viewed more like a long reliever/spot starter. I personally would keep Poteet if Bass is traded, plus he has been effective out of the bullpen. But hey, if the pay is right, I'll wish him good luck. As mentioned above, there are no exceptions for teams needing bullpen help.

5. Jorge Soler: Despite his K% rate and OBP are comparable, Soler still represents a power threat with 13 homers in 70 games. He is very much likely to stay in Miami give his overpaid salary, but there are two teams who might think of an ugly-for-ugly contract type of trade: San Diego (Myers) and Boston (Bradley Jr.) as they can use a powerful RH bat OF/DH in their lineups.

Even though MLBtraderumors analyzed here what might happen in coming weeks, it seems natural to me to start calling Boston, Minnesota and the White Sox and work around a trade. As is also happening with the Orioles, the Fish is playing much better now than the last few years, but not quite there yet, so trust the process and let some kids play.

So, who would you trade and/or keep?

Hans.