MLB Rumors: Yankees Could Trade For Pablo Lopez In The Offseason

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The Miami Marlins offense has been one of the worst in Major League Baseball this season, holding back their stellar, promising rotation and keeping them away from postseason contention.

Fortunately for them, it's not like they were in a rush to compete or can't afford to wait until next season. They have a young, up-and-coming squad and a plethora of young arms, so look out for them in the future.

Marlins Want To Trade A Pitcher

Pablo Lopez
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That's why the Fish are reportedly considering moving on from some of their star pitchers in the offseason, with MLB Trade Rumors reporting that just Sandy Alcantara and top prospect Eury Perez are off the table:

"The club still has a mix that includes Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Edward Cabrera, Jesus Luzardo, Trevor Rogers, Braxton Garrett, Daniel Castano, Nick Neidert, with the report listing Lopez, Cabrera and Rogers as logical trade candidates. It also says the club would consider dealing prospects to a rebuilding team in order to get MLB-ready players," read the report.

Yankees Were Interested

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The Yankees reportedly inquired about Lopez before the trade deadline before backing out of the deal. But watching how Frankie Montas has underperformed since arriving in the Bronx, they could reignite that interest in the offseason:

"It was reported last week that the Marlins and Yankees had discussed a deal prior to the deadline that would have seen the Fish acquire Gleyber Torres and infield prospect Oswald Peraza, though the Yanks apparently balked at the deal," the report added.

There's No Rush To Move Him

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MLB Trade Rumors points out that the Marlins didn't have an urgency to move on from him, given the fact that he's still under club control for a couple of more years. So, the Yankees may need to revisit that offer in the winter:

"There’s no real hurry for the Marlins to deal him, as he can be controlled through the 2024 season via arbitration," the report added. "He’s in his third straight strong season, registering a 3.66 ERA through 25 starts this year. Perhaps most importantly, he has stayed healthy and put aside some concerns after he missed some of last year with shoulder issues

Money Shouldn't Be An Issue

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Brian Cashman has talked about how the Yankees are boasting their highest payroll in franchise history, so he may not want to spend big bucks in the offseason, especially with Aaron Judge's impending contract. Fortunately, that shouldn't keep them off the race for Lopez:

"He’s making $2.45MM this year and will get a raise for next season via arbitration, though he will still be plenty affordable and should find lots of interest from other teams," the report concluded.

He's proven that he can stay healthy, is young, and sure fits the Yankees' needs, so what's not to like there, Cashman?