Ramon Laureano has been a relatively under the radar trade target. Although several teams are going to be looking for help in the outfield, particularly in center, his name has not come up. That is especially puzzling since the Oakland A’s are in the midst of a rebuilding process and would seem to be willing to trade anyone.
That may be about to change. According to Peter Gammons, the Miami Marlins are “pushing hard” for Laureano.
Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano makes perfect sense for Miami Marlins
It is not a secret that the Marlins need a center fielder. They had made a push to bring Starling Marte back in the offseason before he landed with the Mets. It is more than slightly ironic that they were after Marte when he was traded to Oakland following a lowball extension offer, setting their desperate need for a center fielder into motion.
The Marlins did target the outfield in the offseason, signing Jorge Soler and Avisail Garcia. However, Jesus Sanchez is currently in center, a position where he is clearly miscast. However, any other options they have would be worse.
Likewise, the Marlins have the type of prospects that the A’s would theoretically target. Their prospect depth, particularly when it comes to young pitching, is the envy of most teams in the league. If the Marlins are willing to part with some of those prospects, they may be able to land Laureano, or any other upgrade they are seeking.
But it comes down to whether or not the A’s want to trade Laureano. He is still under team control for two years beyond the current season and has become the vocal leader of the club. Laureano is the type of player that the A’s should build around. However, as everyone is on the block and ownership refuses to spend, it is a matter of time before he is out the door as well.
The Miami Marlins are reportedly pursuing Ramon Laureano. The Oakland A’s outfielder could find himself on a new team by the trade deadline.