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Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins Trade Partners?

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?


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  • ehsank24

    I am not that high on Miiddlebrooks, as he will eventually move to 1B when Moran is ready. Cecchini may not have the same power as Middlebrooks, but I’d prefer him any day. In Marlins Park, a higher OBP works better than power.

  • 20Mrssl

    I wonder what it would take to get Cecchini or Middlebrooks.

  • Ivan

    Both Will Middlebrooks and Garin Cecchini are great options. With Middlebrooks you have a power 3RD baseman that could move over to 1ST base when Colin Moran is called up to the Marlins and fill that much needed gap. His power may not be of big value in a very pitcher friendly Marlins Park, but it will definitely help when we play road games at stadiums such as Miller Park, Great American Ballpark and the obvious Coors Field. If we seek Garin Cecchini we get another 3RD baseman that had a very good 2013 season having played 129 games and earned himself a .322/.443/.471 slashline. He is also a better baserunner than middle brooks having had hit 7 triples and stolen 23 bases in the minors this year. According to the MLB top prospects list by Johnathan Mayo, which needs to be updated with the end of the season rankings, Cecchini will be ready by 2015, same as Moran. I hope that if we aquire Cecchine it will promote competition between them and cause them to try to out do each other. Both 3RD basemen are very young and have a lot of years left of team control. I would prefer Middlebrooks a bit more for the reasons that he can play the two positions and that to get Cecchini we might need to trade an extra very valuable young arm.

  • Crusader10

    I like Middlebrooks, but I would trade him before Cecchini. It also depends on what else the Sox give and what they get back.