Aguilar is expected to split time at first base with Garrett Cooper to begin the season, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports. "In general, we feel like we are going to get both of those guys a lot of at-bats with a combination of first base and outfield," manager Don Mattingly said Monday. "Days off for different guys. We want both of these guys in the lineup as much as possible." Aguilar rebounded from a disappointing 2019 to post a .277/.352/.457 slash line in 51 games last season, but Cooper was very productive with his opportunities as well. As a result, it might take a trade, or the last-minute re-introduction of the DH to the National League, for either one to see anything close to a full-time role, even before considering the potential presence of prospect Lewin Diaz in the mix.
Aguilar agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million contract with the Marlins on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The Marlins continue to make legitimate win-now moves. This contract will look much more palatable if the designated hitter remains in the National League in 2021. The 30-year-old first baseman rebounded nicely after a down 2019, hitting .277/.352/.457 with eight home runs in 51 games. His 18.5 percent strikeout rate was particularly impressive, relative to his 24.8 percent career mark. He should open the year with a regular spot in the middle of Miami's lineup.
Aguilar went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the first game of the Wild Card Round against the Cubs on Wednesday. Corey Dickerson put the Marlins ahead with a three-run shot with two outs in the top of the seventh, and Aguilar followed two batters later, adding a pair of insurance runs. He'll bat third again in Game 2 on Thursday as the Marlins look to clinch the three-game series.
Aguilar isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Yankees. Aguilar will get a breather after recording one RBI and one run in Friday's win against New York. Garrett Cooper will take over as the first baseman Saturday.
Aguilar went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's 4-2 win over Atlanta. His seventh-inning shot accounted for the Marlins' final run on the evening. Aguilar has gone yard in back-to-back games, extending his hitting streak to five games in the process, and he's hitting .287 with eight homers and 33 RBI through 49 contests on the season.