David Peralta to Marlins? No chance
Many rumors have been swirling that the Miami Marlins may be interested in a trade for David Peralta. Peralta, the left-handed hitting and fielding outfielder has been a power in the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup for the last few seasons.
There is no doubt that Arizona Diamondbacks might be interested in trading away their star outfielder. Peralta is in his last year of arbitration is projected to make around $9 million next season. The Diamondbacks have a very little chance of retaining him to a longer contract after next season. Peralta will be looking for a big pay-day with a many guaranteed years behind it. Due to this, Arizona might dangle with the opportunity of getting a prospect package for him before his departure after the season’s end.
Peralta had a down year in 2019 compared to the monstrous 2018 season he had. Peralta provided a .275 batting average with 12 homeruns and 57 RBI’s in 99 games. In 2018, Peralta had a career year hitting 293 with a whopping 30 home runs and 87 RBI’s. Peralta has a career 14.2 WAR and has really been a presence in the Diamondbacks dugout since making his major league debut in 2014.
Why is he not a fit for the Marlins? It’s not all that hard to figure out. I do see the Marlins upgrading someway somehow in one of the outfield spots this season from outside the organization. Now, David Peralta. Not going to happen. The Marlins have one of the top 5 best prospect packages in all of baseball. The Diamondbacks are going to ask for one top outfield prospect which could be Jesus Sanchez, Monte Harrison, or Kameron Misner. In addition, you have to think they will also want a pitcher in return which could be Braxton Garret, Trevor Rogers, or Nick Neidert. Are the Marlins willing to give up these types of prospects for one year of Peralta? I hope not. The Marlins have a vision and one that is working and is being rewarded and acknowledged by many around the game. Miami has had some recent trade history with Arizona. Last year the Marlins traded Zac Gallen to Arizona for top prospect shortstop Jazz Chisholm. The possibility is always there.
The only way I could see this deal work is if the Marlins give up a guy like Will Stewart who many sources say could be left out of the 40 man roster which will make him eligible for the rule 5 draft. A package of maybe Will Stewart, Evan Fitterer, and Brian Miller might work. However, I would still go back to the Diamondbacks and have them add a guy like Andrew Chafin who can be a nice addition to the bullpen as a left-handed reliever. The Marlins at that point may even engage on locking up Peralta long term. A Venezuelan ballplayer that can excel on the field and off the field in the Latin Miami community. However, this is all speculation and most likely impossible.
The Diamondbacks could also elect to keep Peralta as many think they will fight for a wild card spot next season. They will be getting a fully talented and healthy rotation back including Taijuan Walker, as well as a healthy Steven Souza Jr in the outfield. If things don’t go well by the all-star break they could always look to flip him to a playoff team by the trade deadline. Do I want Peralta in the Marlins? Sure, he’s a great player. However, I will not be comfortable at this time of our rebuild giving up top of the line prospects for him.