Marlins, Diamondbacks Swing Trade

The Miami Marlins have acquired some infield depth in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, sending cash to the desert in return for 28-year-old corner man Emmanuel Rivera

Rivera, out of Puerto Rico, didn't quite live up to expectations last year in Arizona but he's definitely shown some promise in his short time in the majors. The numbers from 2022 gave us a peek at Rivera's potential. He hit 12 homers with 40 RBIs in just 330 at-bats. His OPS+ was just a tick under the league average, at 97.

Last year, his batting splits were more mediocre, with a .261/.314/.358 slash line with a .672 OPS along with four home runs and 29 RBIs in 86 games, mostly at third base. His OPS+ of 85 certainly left much to be desired. But he did crush it at AAA last season slashing .330/.395/.598 in 112 at bats. 

But it's defense where Rivera can add something to the Marlins, as he's recorded a Defensive Runs Saved of +9 in his short MLB stay, mostly at the hot corner.

Jake Burger is Miami's starting third baseman, and won't be supplanted anytime soon with the way he's hitting, but he isn't exactly known for his defense, so Rivera could provide some help on that side of the ball.

In acquiring Rivera, the Fish designated shortstop Jacob Amaya for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.

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