By CJ Carlson
Luis Arraez – The New Face of the Miami Marlins?
The Miami Marlins could have a difficult situation on their hands with the contract negotiations of Luis Arraez. Arraez is currently considered to be one of, if not the best, contact hitters that the league has to offer. Of course, the Marlins would love to keep him around, it’s just not a guarantee at this point in time.
Arraez recently told reporters the other day that he’s definitely open to a long-term contract with the Marlins, but the problem has really been on the other side. He claimed that the organization has yet to reach out to him at all regarding a potential new deal, making the future quite murky. He said, “They haven’t talked to me about an extension, but if they do, I’m available. I love Miami, I love my teammates. I feel at home when I play with those guys.”
The star player hasn’t been with the Marlins for very long either. He was traded over to the franchise last offseason after the Minnesota Twins decided that they wanted to move on from him. Since joining the Marlins, Arraez has appeared at the plate a total of 617 times. In those appearances, he’s currently batting .354/.393/.469 with 10 home runs and more walks than strikeouts. The stats certainly back up the claim that he’s one of the best players in the league at hitting the baseball.
Now, the Marlins aren’t going to be in any rush to lock down their new star player, mostly due to his contract not being up until after 2025. It’s likely that Peter Bendix, head executive of the team, will prefer to examine the future of the roster before getting locked into a large deal. They want to see their financial resources as well as the rest of the talent.
It’d be likely that he wouldn’t want to sign Arraez if the team is in desperate need of a rebuild, or if they simply don’t have the money that he’s requesting. Luckily, that’s not a problem just yet, with the negotiations not even beginning. We’ll have to wait and see how these talks go moving forward.