I’m not overly familiar with the Marlins’ trade history, but I do know their deal with the Braves last season has to be up there with their worst trades of all time. With Atlanta hanging on for dear life, Miami willingly sent Adam Duvall, who was having a fantastic season for the Fish, to their division rival for catcher Alex Jackson.
Knowing what I already knew about Jackson, I thought this trade was a steal for the Braves at the time, but I don’t think it could have turned out any more lopsided. Duvall went on to rake for the Braves, mashing 16 homers in just 55 games to end the 2021 regular season, and he was a critical piece to the postseason run that ended in a World Series. Jackson never figured it out with the Marlins, hitting just .157 with three home runs in 42 games. I’m not sure he’ll ever be a major-league caliber player, but even if he is, it won’t be with the Marlins. On Wednesday, Miami sent the catcher packing to Milwaukee.
C Alex Jackson has been acquired from Miami in exchange for INF Hayden Cantrelle and RHP Alexis Ramirez. Jackson will report to Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/qFv2IAQ1eT
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 6, 2022
What makes this deal even worse for the Fish is Duvall wasn’t even a one-year rental. He still had a year of arbitration remaining, so there was no rush to trade him for pennies. Now, Duvall will again be a critical piece to the Braves, who the Marlins will be competing with all season. Last year may not have mattered to Miami, but they think they can contend this season. That would have been a lot more fathomable if Duvall was helping rather than hurting them. The Braves highway robbery is officially complete, and there’s a good chance Duvall continues to haunt the Marlins for the next six months.
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