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One of MLB’s top overachievers this season, the Marlins have many trade possibilities to consider prior to Monday’s deadline.
See below for the latest Marlins-related rumors and my analysis leading up to the Monday 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline. There’s a decent chance the team completes a move on Sunday, in the estimation of MLB Network insider Craig Mish.
Moreland, Martínez deals as a template for Joyce?
Two notable trades from Sunday:
- Red Sox trade Mitch Moreland to Padres for prospects Jeisson Rosario and Hudson Potts
- Rays trade José Martínez to Cubs for two players to be named later (prospects outside their 60-man player pool)
Matt Joyce, just like both of those veterans, is strictly platooned. The 36-year-old is older than them but also slightly cheaper (pro-rated $1.5 million salary). He’s slashing .286/.385/.393 with a 122 wRC+ in 65 PA this season, fairly close to his career norms.
As Don Mattingly acknowledged to the media prior to today’s Marlins game, Harold Ramirez is ready to come off the injured list. Moving Joyce would create an all-important 40-man roster opening while helping the club add more prospect depth (even if they settle for one PTBNL instead of two).
Tinoco Time is Up
Despite contributing five hitless innings over three relief appearances, right-hander Jesús Tinoco was designated for assignment by the Fish Sunday morning to make room on the 40-man roster for Sandy Alcantara.
After being plagued by the long ball as a rookie reliever with the Rockies in 2019, Tinoco’s performance so far this season has been intriguing (albeit in an extremely small sample). Most notably, he owns a monstrous 77.8 GB%. Tinoco pounded the strike zone as a starting pitcher coming up through the minor leagues, but that hasn’t translated to the bigs. He is in the midst of his final option year.
Jesús Tinoco continues to look like a sneaky-good find. Up to 5 hitless innings for the Marlins this season pic.twitter.com/uCEEmF1jkN
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 30, 2020
The Marlins traded away minor league reliever Chad Smith to get Tinoco a couple weeks ago, and there’s no reason to believe that his stock has gone down since then. These circumstances suggest that a trade is imminent.