Winter Meetings Update: Marlins Talking to Twins about Rosario
The Miami Marlins are "actively looking” for a bat, according to Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill.
On Tuesday, the Marlins were in active negotiations with the Texas Rangers about their corner left-handed hitting outfielder Nomar Mazara. Those talks concluded when the Rangers asked for SP Sandy Alcantara in return. The Rangers ended up trading Mazara to the Chicago White Sox for minor league outfielder Steele Walker.
Now the Marlins have shifted their focus towards another left-handed outfielder. According to Craig Mish, host of FNTSY Radio and Swings and Mishes, reporter that the Marlins have discussed Eddie Rosario with the Twins, per a source. Just like the Rangers, Minnesota is asking for Sandy Alcantara in return. According to many in the industry, it is highly unlikely the Marlins will give up their all-star starting pitcher and potential Opening Day starter.
Eddie Rosario would be an excellent addition to the Marlins lineup and bring in a much needed power bat in a lineup that desperately needed that last season. According to Brandon Warne, a reporter covering the Twins, “Eddie Rosario and Miami is a match made in heaven, and it was James Rowson who made him the hitter he is today.” Rowson is the new Marlins bench coach and offensive coordinator. Rowson was a huge part of the Twins’ offensive success for the past few seasons.
Rosario has really turned into a star with the help of Rowson. Since Rowson took over in 2017, Rosario has really striven, hitting 24+ home runs in the past 3 seasons. Rosario’s best season was this past year in 2019. Rosario hit to a .276 average and slugged 32 home runs and had 109 RBI’s. Rosario’s strikeout percentage has also dropped under 20% for each of the past 3 seasons. This is the type of hitter the Marlins would love to obtain. However, it seems it may come at a high price. Rosario is under team control for the next 2 seasons.
The Marlins one would suspect have the intentions of piling José Ureña in a trade. The Twins do need pitching but it would take more than just Ureña to obtain a player with the caliber of Rosario. Rosario is from Puerto Rico and just turned 28 a few months ago.