Why Marlins should trust Cooper at 1B over free agent targets

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Why Marlins should trust Cooper at 1B over free agent targets
Why Marlins should trust Cooper at 1B over free agent targets

Garrett Cooper was a pleasant surprise for Marlins fans in 2019. Entering the year as somewhat of an unknown after only previously seeing limited time at the majors, the 28-year-old enjoyed a strong first half while primarily playing first base and covering right field at times, hitting eight homers and driving in 31 runs over 51 appearances. A difficult August brought his overall numbers back to earth, but he still slashed .281/.344/.446 with 15 home runs and 16 doubles for the season, providing 1.4 WAR, which was third-highest for a Marlins hitter. Cooper excelled in the field, too, posting a .994 fielding percentage overall with two defensive runs saved at first base. Despite being an older

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