Today, with help from my friend Danny (@papa_gleyber25), we look at what could have been for three franchises. All instances are hypothetical and based on players that rode the rollercoaster but have now turned into valuable players following their first teams.
This is not to say these teams are not good now or that keeping or attaining each player in these lists was 100% possible. We will only focus on hitters. Before we move on, can you guess the three teams who could have really had it all and more?
The Miami Marlins have had bad luck. As one of the most progressive, you would believe some success would brew from all the talent that has walked through the door. That being said, since the season following the tragic death of star Jose Fernandez (2017), their overall record is 261-360.
At one point, they had in their outfield Christian Yelich (eventual MVP), Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton (traded following his own MVP campaign). As amazing as that sounds, their revitalized team would NOT include Ozuna. He was moved in a deal bringing in P Zac Gallen, P Sandy Alcantara (their current ace), P Daniel Castano, and OF Magneuris Sierra.
Zac Gallen was flipped, in a straight swap of up and rising prospects, for 2B/SS Jazz Chisholm. That being said their star-packed lineup would look something like this.
- C- JT Realmuto (assuming he does not get traded and resigns they would be without incumbent catcher Jorge Alfaro, and rising but injured star, Sixto Sanchez)
- 1B- Jesus Aguilar (claimed off waivers)
- 2B- Jazz Chisholm Jr.
- SS- Miguel Rojas
- 3B- Brian Anderson
- LF- Giancarlo Stanton (they would not receive SS/3B Jose Devers, 2B Starlin Castro, and P Jorge Guzman)
- CF- Starling Marte (whom they acquired last season)
- RF- Christian Yelich (who they sent for 2B Isan Diaz, OF Lewis Brinson, P Jordan Yamamoto, and OF Monte Harrison).
Looking back at it all the collective Fwar for the players they received in the Stanton, Yelich, and Realmuto trades comes to just 1.5 for the 2020-2021 seasons. That is in comparison to Yelich, Stanton, and Realmuto’s combined 3.7 Fwar for JUST this 2021 season. That’s considering Yelich’s injury-riddled season and Stanton’s down year as well.
They would still have Starling Marte thanks to a 2020 deadline move, Aguilar and Rojas through free agency and waiver claims. Brian Anderson was their farm-raised player. The super outfield that could have been being what would put this consistently horrible team into a star-studded contender unlike any other.