Although the Marlins reportedly prefer left-handed-hitting reinforcements, they’re casting a wide net that includes former MLB All-Stars Puig and Duvall.
Expensive outfield search
By now, you are probably aware of the Jon Heyman report regarding the Marlins’ interest in acquiring a veteran left-handed batter to join their crowded right field competition. Fish Stripes’ own Juan Páez has suggested Nick Markakis, Nomar Mazara, Josh Reddick and Eddie Rosario as realistic targets.
Duvall clobbered the Marlins in 2020 as a member of the Braves, including going yard three times during the infamous 29-9 game. More than a year ago, before shifting their focus to Corey Dickerson, the Marlins tried to sign Puig. However, they fell short of his asking price. Then, the Cuban All-Star was nearly Duvall’s teammate, agreeing to terms with Atlanta shortly before Opening Day. That contract was voided when he tested positive for COVID-19.
Despite their handedness, Duvall and Puig have both been productive against right-handed pitchers in recent seasons. That’s understandably intriguing to the Marlins who ranked dead last in the majors last year with 36 home runs off of righties. Their adequate RF defense is also a big plus considering Miami’s players at that position in 2020 combined for just 13 RBI and a .534 OPS (30th in MLB in both categories).
You can compare their career production here. Puig has the superior résumé overall and the advantage of being two years younger, but they have a lot in common when we focus on the 2016-2020 timeframe.
Congratulations to Christina De Nicola on her new role as the full-time Marlins beat reporter for MLB.com! She already has an endorsement from Joe Frisaro who retired from the beat last week after providing coverage for 19 seasons.
Christina, a South Florida native, first interned for MLB.com nearly a decade ago. Since then, she has filled in for Joe on many occasions and often attended Marlins Park games to handle coverage for the visiting teams when the usual writers didn’t make the trip to Miami.
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