The Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins aren’t taking off Super Bowl Sunday, getting together on a modest trade of controllable, complementary pieces.
Former top prospect Nick Gordon is headed to Miami for lefty Steven Okert:
Gordon, 28, was looking like he was FINALLY breaking out in 2022, but injuries derailed his 2023 season, and it’s not a surprise that the Twins – who otherwise have plenty of similar options available – decided to move on in order to supplement their bullpen.
The deal is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, though it’s a bit interesting because of the boxes it checks for these teams.
For the Twins, they get a solid lefty reliever without having to try to make another free agent addition (from a pool that’s almost non-existent). I’m not sure how much overlap there would’ve been with the Cubs in any case, but maybe it’s one fewer opportunistic teams left in the bullpen market.
For the Marlins, they get a utility player capable of playing some positions of need (from a pool that’s increasingly limited), and they do it without giving up one of their better young arms. Of course, that’s because the return is not significant, and they take the chance on Gordon not turning it back around.
So the question is: are the Marlins done now? Is Gordon going to be the infield (or outfield) bat they’ve indicated they need? Are they still going to try to sign or trade for an impact bat? Well, here is, perhaps, a clue:
To be sure, Frisaro’s tweet was from before this trade, but the implication is pretty clear: under new baseball leadership (Peter Bendix), the Marlins might be inclined to do a little rebuilding. Their quiet offseason hasn’t really indicated things clearly in one direction or the other, but if the Marlins only add a Gordon type and then otherwise trade pitching for prospects … well …
Now the question is whether the Cubs would target any of those pitchers – starters or relievers – in a pure “buying” trade.