2021 Miami Marlins: A Prolific Home Run Hitter Acquired

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On Tuesday, the 2021 Miami Marlins signed Adam Duvall to a one-year five-million-dollar deal pending his physical. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman initially connected the two sides, noting that the Fish might need to “stretch” an already light $60MM payroll in order to accommodate what should be a modestly priced deal for the CAA client.

Duvall is coming off an impressive 2020 season. He barrelled 13.9% of his batted balls last year. This ranked Duvall 21st among 142 MLB qualifiers. Duvall played 17 games in Rightfield for the 2020 Braves. He certainly has the arm to handle that position. Duvall has been a significant plus in the outfield, where he has combined for 42 Defensive Runs Saved and a 14.8 Ultimate Zone Rating across 4,000-plus innings in the majors.

As mentioned earlier this offseason, the Marlins ranked last in the majors with 36 home runs off of righties. Their right fielders also ranked 30th in RBIs (13) and OPS (.534). Last season’s, RFs slashed .186/.271/.263. Duvall can contribute in that department (.504 SLG vs. RHP since 2019). For ATL 2019-20, Duvall slashed .248/.307/.545 (117 wRC+) with 26 homers in 339 trips to the plate.

2021 Miami Marlins: Adam Duvall Signing

With a full 40 man roster, this could trigger additional moves. Connor Byrne of Trade Rumors notes, “The Marlins are adding Adam Duvall to their outfield, and that pickup could push Garrett Cooper out of Miami.”

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “Cooper’s status with the team is in question now that Duvall is coming aboard the team.” Additionally, Dodgers have already inquired about Cooper, according to Craig Mish of SportsGrid“.

With a full 40-man roster, adding a veteran free agent would require additional roster moves.

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Cooper and Duvall are both players are right-handed hitters capable of lining up in the corner outfield. Cooper can also play first base but without a DH, that position has some backlog. The Marlins have Jesus Aguilar and Lewin Diaz; who has had an excellent offseason by producing in the Dominican League. Unfortunately, No universal DH in 2021 means Cooper most likely will be off the 40man roster.

For the 2020 Miami Marlins, Cooper was a notable name. He ranked among their best hitters, slashing .283/.353/.500 (134 wRC+) with six home runs in 133 plate appearances. His history of mixing respectable offense (114 career wRC+) with defensive versatility, not to mention his three remaining years of team control and $1.9MM salary in 2021, would figure to make him a quality trade chip for Miami.

Craig Mish tweets “The Padres have also shown interest in Cooper, who adds that “no shortage of teams” have called the Marlins about him in the wake of the Duvall agreement. Trading for Cooper would be the latest notable offseason move by the Padres, who have aggressively tried to chase down the division-rival Dodgers throughout the winter.”

For Atlanta, the 32-year-old Duvall ranked among the top home run hitters a season ago, where he slashed .237/.301/.532 with 16 homers in 209 plate appearances. A former San Francisco Giant and Cincinnati Red, this was his 3rd 30-plus HRs campaign. The Marlins are sorely lacking in RF power.

The Marlins have been quiet in their offense so far this winter. The Marlins’ other outfield options include Corey DickersonStarling MarteGarrett CooperMagneuris SierraLewis BrinsonHarold Ramirez, and Monte Harrison.

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