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SF Giants: Former Power-Hitting Prospect Joins Miami Marlins

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 10: Adam Duvall #37 of the San Francisco Giants bats in the fourth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals defeated the Giants 7-4. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/TUSP/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 10: Adam Duvall #37 of the San Francisco Giants bats in the fourth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals defeated the Giants 7-4. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/TUSP/Getty Images)
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Former SF Giants third baseman Adam Duvall (23) plays the field with Atlanta during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

According to a report by MLB Network contributor Craig Mish, Adam Duvall is “extremely close” to reaching an agreement with the Miami Marlins. When the deal is completed, per Mish, it will be a one-year, $2 million deal with a second-year mutual option worth $7 million with a $3 million buyout. Duvall was drafted by the SF Giants in 2010 and made his MLB debut with the team in 2014.

Duvall averaged 24 home runs a year in four full minor-league seasons with the Giants but managed a meager .192/.234/.342 in his lone MLB opportunity with the organization. Back at Triple-A in 2015, Duvall hit 26 home runs and posted a .847 OPS across 100 games before he was packaged with Keury Mella for Leake. He soon joined the Reds big-league roster and quickly found a full-time role.

Miami Marlins “extremely close” to a deal with former SF Giants prospect Adam Duvall

The Giants had remained steadfast in Duvall’s development that he was limited to third base defensively, where he was already below average. However, as the Giants continued cycling through journeymen in left field, Duvall was en route to an All-Star appearance as the Reds everyday left fielder. From 2016-17, Duvall averaged 32 homers a season and posted a solid .245/.299/.489 triple-slash.

His struggles with strikeouts and limited ability to walk eventually relegated Duvall to a power-hitting bench bat. Still, he proved to be a valuable rotational piece between the Reds and Atlanta before reemerging as an everyday player in Atlanta this season. In fact, in 209 plate appearances this season, Duvall blasted 16 homers and posted one of the best triple-slashes of his career (.237/.301/.532).

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Now with the Miami Marlins, Duvall will have a chance to compete for everyday playing time. While he is one of the most proven options on Miami’s roster, several young players will be vying for playing time as well. Still, his ability to step in on the infield dirt could give manager Don Mattingly some added flexibility to get him in the lineup.

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