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Garrett Cooper’s 2022 season stats: .279/.347/.426, 122 wRC+, 7 HR, 1.3 fWAR in 337 PA (84 G)
Cooper’s career stats: .281/.352/.446, 120 wRC+, 37 HR, 4.1 fWAR in 1,224 PA (323 G)
Miscellaneous details: $2.5 million salary this season; under club control through 2023 via arbitration; age 31; currently on 10-day injured list with right wrist contusion (eligible to return August 3); has only played first base and designated hitter in 2022 (prior experience in left field and right field)
MONDAY, 5:49 P.M. ET
The Orioles sent Trey Mancini to Houston in a three-team trade, eliminating the Astros as a possible suitor for Cooper. Perhaps the Marlins sought more in return than the Orioles did considering that Mancini is a pending free agent while Coop has another full year of club control beyond 2022.
SATURDAY, 3:00 P.M. ET
The Marlins sent Cooper on a rehab assignment to Low-A Jupiter.
THURSDAY, 7:52 P.M. ET
The Astros have joined the Dodgers as contenders who are kicking the tires on Cooper, according to KPRC 2 Sports’ Ari Alexander. “The Marlins are reluctant to deal him,” Alexander adds.
Houston views Cooper as a potential upgrade at first base over Yuli Gurriel (.238/.291/.390, 95 wRC+, 7 HR, -0.1 fWAR in 354 PA this season). In L.A., Freddie Freeman is thriving as the everyday first baseman, so much of Coop’s playing time there would presumably coming as a DH/pinch-hitter.
WEDNESDAY, 4:00 P.M. ET
From Craig Mish of SportsGrid on the latest episode of Fish Stripes Unfiltered: “If I had to predict, I think Cooper is back with the Marlins and I don’t think he’s traded next week.”
JULY 22, 6:47 P.M. ET
Mets acquire 1B/DH Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates in exchange for RHP Colin Holderman.
This trade should set the floor on what the Marlins can obtain for Cooper.
An All-Star with the Mariners in 2019, Vogelbach is two years younger, less expensive, controllable for an additional year and hits balls over the fence at a higher rate. However, he has some of the most extreme platoon splits you’ll ever see and can’t even fake it at any defensive position other than first base (where he grades out very poorly).