The trade deadline has come and gone. Are the Marlins better off? I’d like to weigh in with a review of the hits and misses…
Detroit: Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez for prospects Jacob Turner, Brian Flynn, and Rob Brantly. My take is that this was an OK trade by Beinfest. Sanchez and Infante were nearing free agency, and would have represented a pretty big hit to the payroll next year. Although they both seem to be having decent seasons, neither is a marquee player. In exchange, we got the #22 ranked prospect pitcher in all of baseball, and a decent young catcher.
The Los Angeles Blockbuster: Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate for Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. A win for both clubs. The Marlins unloaded an unhappy and underperforming Hanley Ramirez, in his third down year after an all-star 2009 season. Despite his fall from superstar status, he still represents a substantial improvement for the glaring weakness that is the left side of the Dodgers infield. Choate’s role for the Marlins was limited to LOOGY, but he was an effective one. In exchange, we picked up an unremarkable prospect in McGough and what is looking like an excellent replacement for Anibal Sanchez. Eovaldi’s first start was a very good one. How he fares against the Braves tonight will clarify the picture.
Pittsburgh: Gaby Sanchez and Kyle Kaminska for Gorkys Hernandez: Another win for the Marlins. It’s sad for me to see Gaby collapse the way he did, but trading him and an unremarkable minor-league reliever for a decent young outfielder with a good upside was a plus for the Marlins, especially since the announcement that Logan Morrison is headed to the DL for the foreseeable future.
If-I-Mighta-Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda: There was a late rumor circulating that the Marlins were talking to the Mets about swapping John Buck and Heath Bell for Jason Bay. If my prayers get answered, this is one rumor that becomes reality. Both Bell and Buck are underperforming contract albatrosses, and we could use Bay to let Morrison replace Carlos Lee at first when the time comes. While the two teams weren’t able to come to terms before the non-waiver deadline, it looks like all three player would clear waivers if a deal gets struck between the two clubs. Keep your fingers crossed.