Still looking to make changes offensively, the Miami Marlins are looking to upgrade via the trade market, rather than taking their chances at the free agent field. The Marlins have shown interest in acquiring Atlanta Braves‘ catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and Baltimore Orioles‘ first baseman Chris Davis, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Miami had previously been in the running for first baseman Adam LaRoche, offering him a two-year, $20 million deal, but the Chicago White Sox inked him to a two-year, $25 million contract a few days ago.
Evan Gattis, 28, has been rumored in trade talks all throughout the offseason. Though the Braves insist that with the trade of Jason Heyward, he is in their plans to be the club’s left fielder in 2015. Yet, they have been still reportedly listening to offers on the former 23rd round pick for the Braves back in 2010.
Gattis managed to hit .263/.317/.493 in 401 plate appearances during the 2014 campaign, smashing 21 home runs and driving in 65 runs. He also posted career highs with a .298 BABIP and 125 OPS+.
Chris Davis, who turns 29 in March, experienced a very disappointing 2014 season coming off of a 2013 cam.aign that saw him hit .286/.370/.634 with 53 home runs and 138 runs batted in, along with a 168 OPS+.
However, in a season combatted with injuries and a season-ending suspension, Davis hit .196/.300/.404 in 525 plate appearances, with 26 home runs and 72 strikeouts. Davis only managed to rack up 182 total bases (worst season total in which he played in at least 80 games since 2009) compared to a league-leading 370 total bases in 2013.