Using the trade deadline and now opt-ins, the Miami Marlins have begun to build a prime-time lineup.
According to multiple reports, second baseman Isan Diaz is reportedly coming back to play after opting out.
The Rookie of the Year snub opted out of the 2020 season on August 1st after Miami suffered from a COVID-19 clubhouse outbreak. Diaz made the hard decision to call it a season and be the first Marlins player to officially opt-out.
With Jonathan Villar being dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, Diaz comes back to the club with an almost secured position at second base.
Having not played in a game since the Opening Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, it’s unknown when Miami plans to put Diaz back on the 28-Man roster.
What does this move mean for the Marlins?
Despite losing some speed in Villar, who leads MLB in stolen bases, the Marlins have garnered that speed right back with the return of Diaz. Although he no stolen bases last season, Diaz can fly around the diamond, securing runs and wins for the Marlins.
The Fish also adds amazing athleticism and big hits lost in Diaz.