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.
2. San Francisco Giants acquire Adam Duvall
The Giants are buyers, and Duvall would be a savvy trade acquisition for their sake.
The weakness in the National League-leading Giants is their offense, specifically their outfield rotation. Outside of Steven Duggar, manager Gabe Kapler has received hot-and-cold production from his outfielders. Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson have each been inconsistent in the batter’s box. Duvall could step into either left or right and/or become part of a consistent four-man outfield rotation.
The veteran’s power gels on an offense whose strong suit has been its power. San Francisco is second in MLB in home runs this season (148). Furthermore, Duvall’s arrival bodes well for a positional core made up of mostly proven commodities (Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria). The Giants need to add someone to boost the offense, and Duvall fits the bill.
President Farhan Zaidi should be able to acquire Duvall without surrendering considerable value, which is vital given the organization trying to beef up its farm system. All that being said, the Giants may opt to stand pat, as Yastrzemski and Dickerson could right the ship and LaMonte Wade has played well all over the field.
1. San Diego Padres trade for Adam Duvall
The Padres are playing for a World Series and need to begin climbing the ladder in the NL (they currently own the second NL Wild Card seeding). Duvall is a perfect pickup for the Friars.
The Padres have a plausible outfield with Trent Grisham, Will Myers and Tommy Pham all swinging the sticks well. What they need is more depth in the grass. Duvall is a starter who adds power to an offense that has been a bit underwhelming when it comes to hitting the long ball this season (the Padres are tied for 12th in MLB in home runs).
Myers and Pham have endured their fair share of injuries in recent memory, making it all the more vital for the Padres to have a starter that can step in their place. Duvall coming off the bench makes someone like Jurickson Profar more valuable, as manager Jayce Tingler can use him all over the field rather than having him be the unwritten fourth outfielder. Duvall can also be a pinch hitter in the late innings.
The Padres don’t have to make more blockbuster trades to fill voids on their roster. They need to make moves that complement their core. Trading for Duvall is doing precisely as much while giving them more weapons to throw at pitching staffs in the late innings.