Miami Marlins acquires Golden Glove catcher Jacob Stallings in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates

MIAMI – Golden Glove catcher Jacob Stallings heads to the Miami Marlins.

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Stallings to the Marlins for pitcher Zach Thompson and prospects Kyle Nicolas and Connor Scott.

Stallings, 31, is coming off the best season of his career. He earned his first Gold Glove for his handling of an inexperienced pitching staff that ranked among the worst in the majors while hitting .246 with career-highs in home runs (8) and RBIs (53) in 112 games.

Stallings joins a team that is trying to elbow its way into contention in the NL East. Miami signed outfielder Avisail Garcia to a five-year contract worth $ 56 million and agreed terms with pitcher Sandy Alcantara.

Pittsburgh is in the midst of a franchise-wide reboot focused on grabbing as many prospects as possible. Nicolas and Scott, both 22, fit that mold.

Nicolas, a right-hander, made 21 appearances between Class A and Double-A in 2021 and struck out 136 batters, the most among pitchers in Miami’s minor league system.

Scott, an outfielder, hit .276 with 25 doubles and 10 home runs in 2021 while playing for Class A Beloit.

Thompson, originally selected by the Pirates in the 48th round of the 2011 draft, was 3-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 75 innings for Miami in 2021. He started the season as a starter before moving to the bullpen in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.