Our trade target series for the Colorado Rockies continues today in the National League East with the Miami Marlins.
The 2020 Marlins, due to the expanded playoff structure, made the playoffs and they even made it to the NLDS but they were swept by the Atlanta Braves. In 2021, they lost 95 games. Both the Marlins and Rockies believe that they can contend in 2022 but the Marlins have taken a step forward through their offseason moves before the lockout.
The Marlins acquired 2021 All-Star infielder Joey Wendle from the Tampa Bay Rays, signed outfielder Avisaíl García via free agency, 2021 NL Gold Glove catcher Jacob Stallings from the Pittsburgh Pirates,
The Rockies, for their part, have not added anyone from outside of their organization to an MLB contract and they have not made any trades either.
Both clubs still have a ways to go to compete in 2022, though. For the Rockies, they are going to be looking at possibly upgrading in a few areas including backup catcher, an infielder (probably a shortstop or third baseman), at least one outfielder (preferably a power-hitting outfielder), another bat at some position in case the DH comes to the NL, perhaps a starter, and some bullpen help.
The Rockies may have limited time to make some moves after the lockout ends and before Spring Training so they, and other teams, may have to go into overdrive to get things done, as some other teams did in the week before the lockout.
But from a Rockies buying perspective and a Marlins selling perspective, there are seven players on the Marlins 40-man roster that the Colorado Rockies should examine further as possible trade targets for them this offseason.
Let’s dive in.