One of the biggest storylines of the offseason has been the firesale of the Miami Marlins under new ownership, led by Chief Executive Officer Derek Jeter. They have already traded right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, left fielder Marcell Ozuna, and second baseman Dee Gordon to the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Seattle Mariners, respectively. Even though they have traded three of their main players, it doesn’t look like they are content with trading away just three players.
Yesterday afternoon, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, MLB.com, and MLB Network reported on Twitter that the Miami Marlins still are looking to complete a firesale as they are “engaged in ‘active trade discussions’ with multiple teams” to trade their catcher JT Realmuto and center fielder Christian Yelich.
A little over a week ago, we made the case for why the Rockies should acquire Realmuto but today, we will make the case for the Rockies acquire Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich.
Before we look at his stats, let us look at his contract. First off, he just turned 26 on December 5 so he has not even reached the prime years of his career yet. Prior to the 2015 season, he signed a seven year contract for $49.5 million. In the four years remaining on the contract, he is only owned $43 million. Most of the money is backloaded as he will not make more than $10 million until 2020. After the four years, there is also an option for $15 million for the 2022 season.