We're close to pitchers and catchers reporting to their teams to start the 2024 MLB season. Until then, and without breaking news from Birdland, our friends from Marlin Maniac wrote this piece about a rumor from Jon Morosi that Baltimore was talking with the Marlins and White Sox about pitchers.
Baltimore is reportedly engaged in trade talks, especially for Dylan Cease per Roch Kubatko. However, the Orioles will only trade if the price is right. What about Miami? They could be a possibility for both teams to make deals that benefit them.
Is there a trade match between the Orioles and Marlins?
Baltimore again has the best farm system in baseball for the third straight year. A surplus of position players like Jackson Holliday, Colton Cowser, Heston Kjerstad, Coby Mayo, Samuel Basallo, etc. They could trade for any player, but their approach is not to rush in any negotiations.
For Miami, their pitching development is very good. They aren't afraid to take pitchers in early rounds of the draft and the Marlins rotation is good. If Baltimore has gaps in their pitching crop and Miami had some issues with batting, could they work together to fix all of this?
Marlin Maniac pointed in their article, per Morosi, about Jesus Luzardo and Edward Cabrera in a trade package for Baltimore. From their article:
"The few options the Orioles could supply to the Marlins are catcher, shortstop or potentially outfield. The Orioles have several intriguing players the Marlins could acquire and infield is a likely target for Miami as they need to fill the starting shortstop position."- Brian Dunleavy, Marlin Maniac
Using Baseball Trade Values for this exercise, a package for 26-year-old Edward Cabrera would be Joey Ortiz and Austin Hays. A minor overpay in their trade simulator (BAL 23.20; MIA 19.60), but it makes sense for both teams. Joey Ortiz could bring some value, especially with his glove, to be an everyday player for Miami. Austin Hays will be a veteran in a team with many young players and bring some pop to their lineup.
For Baltimore, they'll acquire a pitcher for their depth and upgrade their starting rotation. Cabrera had 10.66 K/9 in 2023. However, he comes with some things for the coaching staff to fix, like his control (5.66 BB/9). Recently, the Orioles made adjustments with their pitchers to succeed. Won't be surprised if they can work their magic again with Cabrera, who is already very good.
If Elias makes a bold move, Jesus Luzardo would be the ideal target. The cost: Samuell Basallo OR Coby Mayo plus Jordan Westburg. A fair trade per BTV (BAL 63.70; MIA 65.40), because Birdland gets a young pitcher (25 years old) who has thrived in Miami since he was traded from Oakland, and a pitcher with better control (2.77 BB/9 in '23) and ERA (3.58). Unlike Cabrera, Luzardo has three years of team control. Cabrera would be under control longer, as he isn't scheduled to be a free agent until 2029.
For Miami, it's a package with more value pieces. Westburg is a utility infielder who could play second, third and shortstop very well, plus a top-5 prospect like Mayo (and his bombs) or Basallo (the next great Orioles' prospect). It's a win-win for both teams in that scenario.
What do you think? Do you like these trade packages with Miami? Do you have different ideas? Let us know!