The Miami Marlins have been unable to build on their 2020 playoff appearance, as they’re in last place in the National League East and likely sellers at the MLB trade deadline. In any case, outfielder Adam Duvall is a prime trade candidate. This season, the 32-year-old has been flat-out raking.
Adam Duvall stats (2021): .233/.280/.489, 22 home runs and 68 RBIs
According to Statcast, Duvall is in the top nine percent of MLB in barrel percentage (15.3%) and maximum exit velocity (113.8 mph). Duvall has starting experience in both left and right field, as well as first base. Duvall has a $7 million mutual option for the 2022 season. His extraordinary power and defensive versatility can make a difference for a contending ball club.
Here are three teams that make sense for an Adam Duvall trade.
3. Oakland Athletics add Adam Duvall
The A’s have a lot of outfielders but few that’re swinging the sticks at a high level. Duvall adds more pop to manager Bob Melvin’s depth chart.
Duvall could potentially start in left or right field from the jump or at least be the first outfielder off the bench. Right fielders Stephen Piscotty and Seth Brown are struggling to get on base and in Brown’s case have been boom-or-bust at the plate. Meanwhile, Mark Canha was recently on the injured list with a hip injury, and designated hitter Mitch Moreland has been spotty.
Adam Duvall is an A’s type of player. He swings for power, can play multiple positions and would add playoff experience to a team that’s trying to make headway in such play. He presents a short-term power jolt for their offense.
What may stop the A’s from trading for Duvall is the excess of defensive versatility on their depth chart, as players like Tony Kemp and Chad Pinder play both the infield and outfield. Melvin and company may also feel some of their slumping veterans can pick up the slack down the stretch of the regular season.