There has been some talk lately regarding the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins as potential trade partners. Various names have been thrown around, including a trade involving Will Middlebrooks and possibly Logan Morrison. Peter Gammons is reporting today that it might be a different Red Sox third baseman that the Marlins are targeting.
Garin Cecchini is a minor league third baseman that appears to be blocked by both Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks at the hot corner. According to Gammons, the Marlins have inquired about the availability of Cecchini, despite the Marlins top draft pick last year, Colin Moran, being a very similar player.
Despite the fact they drafted former North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran with the sixth pick in the 2013 draft, they approached the Red Sox about their 22-year old third baseman Garin Cecchini, who would seem to be similar to Moran. Cecchini has a minor league on base percentage of .417, but also has but 14 home runs in parts of three seasons, although one executive covering the Arizona Fall League says “Cecchini has sneaky power that will play in the big leagues and will keep increasing in pro ball.”
Surprisingly, Gammons says that the Red Sox are claiming to have no interest in trading Cecchini. I am very happy about the reluctance to trade Cecchini by the Sox. I don’t understand the value in obtaining him, particularly when it will cost at least one of your valuable young arms in return.
I think Cecchini will be a fine player, and the reluctance to trade him probably means that Middlebrooks will be on the move. I would be more interested in him than Cecchini. Either way, the Marlins desperately need to add some big league hitters to their roster, and it is obvious that they are doing their due diligence to find some help. That for one, is comforting.
What do you think about a potential trade between the two teams?