Rival Exec: Marlins “The entire team is up for grabs”; Top 4 Trade Candidates

The stunning trade of two-time batting champ Luis Arraez won't be the only swap the Miami Marlins make this summer. As the team continues to struggle along with the worst record in the major leagues at 10–24, the front office will be looking at other ways to sell off veteran talent in order to bring in young inexpensive assets. 

“The entire team is up for grabs,” one rival executive told insider Jon Heyman. 

Let's have a look at four players who will head up the fire sale:

Jesus Luzardo

The 26-year-old starting pitcher is off to a dreadful start to his 2024 season, at 0-3 with a ERA of 5.97. But rival teams are well aware of his two breakout seasons prior to this one in which he established himself as an up-and-coming young rotation arm. In 50 starts across 2022 and 2023, Luzardo held an ERA around 3.45 while striking out over 10.5 batters per nine innings. Trade talks have swirled around the pitcher, dating all the way back to the end of last season. 

Tanner Scott

Another of the most coveted Marlins up for grabs, the reliever Scott had lots of interest in trade talks this past winter. 

He's recorded 36 saves across the last two+ seasons, and last year had a 9-5 record with a 2.31 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 12 strikeouts per nine innings. Heyman suggested the Chicago Cubs as one option.

Josh Bell

The slugging first baseman isn't doing too much slugging this season, with only four homers and a .601 OPS, but perhaps playing for a contender he could muscle up to the plate and regain some of his power form. He does own a career OPS+ of 115 and four 20+ HR seasons.

Jake Burger

Another power bat, Burger was cooking  as the 2024 season got underway, batting .355 through the first week with a couple of home runs. But Burger has been more medium-rare of late, missing three weeks due to an intercostal muscle strain, and now watching his average plummet to just .195. But when healthy last season, he launched 34 home runs with an .858 OPS. Teams looking for some power production at third base (hello, Toronto Blue Jays?) might have an interest. 

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