After a breakout year for the slugger in the Braves loaded lineup, the Braves had to choose between Duvall and Marcell Ozuna. They recently signed him to a 4 year, $65 million deal, meaning that Duvall would be left out of the Braves lineup, testing free agency with another team.
With the universal DH not returning in 2021, Duvall had to sign with another team, and picked division rival Miami Marlins. This is a great move for Miami, as they don't have much outfield depth, and they don't have to have struggling Lewis Brinson playing. This makes Brinson very viable to trade now, and the Marlins likely don't want anything to do with him.
Brinson was supposed to be the next big thing, but just a few years later, Brinson hasn't had a decent season yet. Brinson could possibly draw a good load over in a trade, and potentially acquire a superstar that can help this franchise.
Duvall signed to a 1 year deal worth $5 million, and it has a mutual option in 2022 with a $3 million buyout. If the Marlins get the Adam Duvall he was in 2020, they likely would pay him for another year or two, but coming off of a shortened season, in a full 162 game season, he should have struggles at some point in the year.
Duvall is coming off of an injury in the NLCS, where he hit a foul ball and grabbed his hip area while trying to create someone twisting movement but struggled to. It was reported that he had a strained left oblique, which isn't that gruesome and shouldn't affect him in 2021.
We'll see if this move has a positive affect in 2021, but I think that the Marlins should be a very underrated team this year.