Marlins pursuing first base upgrade via trade

The Marlins have reportedly inquired about potential trades involving the Braves’ Evan Gattis and the Orioles’ Chris Davis, according to Barry Jackson and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Miami seems intent on upgrading at first base after incumbent first baseman Garrett Jones posted a .246/.309/.411 batting line with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs over 146 games this past season.

Though used primarily as a catcher and outfielder, Gattis could presumably make the transition to first base if a trade comes to fruition. Gattis, a right-handed hitter who isn’t even arbitration-eligible until after next season, would also make for a good complement to the left-handed hitting Jones.

Davis, meanwhile, is a left-hander coming off a disappointing season in which he hit just .196/.300/.404, though he still chipped in 26 homers and 72 RBIs. In 2013, Davis led the American League with 52 homers and 138 RBIs, finishing third in AL MVP voting.

In order to land either player via trade, the Marlins would likely need to offer a package that includes top pitching prospects — possibly even their No. 1 overall prospect Andrew Heaney. The Marlins do have their share of pitching depth within the organization, however, so they could be willing to part with certain prospects if they deem the return is worth it.

— Paul Casella

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