The Marlins are only a few games under .500, but it is enough for them to throw in the towel before the trade deadline. Earlier today, MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that Miami is willing to listen to offers on every player not named Sandy Alcantara, which includes last year’s World Series MVP Jorge Soler. A reunion with the Braves makes sense.
Marlins new stance: Listening on everyone not named Alcantara
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 26, 2022
With the Fish this season, Soler is slashing .207/.295/.400 with a .695 OPS and 13 home runs in 72 games. Those aren’t exactly encouraging numbers, but Braves Country remembers what happened last season, when a change of scenery did Soler wonders.
Atlanta acquired Soler from the Royals when he was hitting much worse than he currently is with the Marlins. Then, he went nuclear with the Braves — hitting more home runs in nearly half the games with Atlanta compared to Kansas City. It’s very possible Soler is much more comfortable with the Braves, and re-joining the team could result in an uptick in his offense.
With Marcell Ozuna and Eddie Rosario playing some uninspiring baseball and Adam Duvall out for the season, the Braves all of a sudden have a massive need for an outfield bat. Soler has been dealing with back issues on and off this season, but the Braves know what he’s capable of when healthy. Some might say a deal within the division makes this potential trade unrealistic, but the Marlins traded Duvall to the Braves at last year’s deadline. Who knows if that will make them less willing to do so again this season.
Soler is currently on a three-year deal with the Marlins, which could complicate things. The Braves opted not to re-sign him this offseason, but they were rumored to be interested until the very end. I wouldn’t say it is likely, but I also wouldn’t count out a reunion. The fit and the need is once again there between the Braves and Soler.