One year and one day ago, the Miami Marlins made a last minute deadline move to acquire right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart. In a deal that sent Cosart, Enrique Hernandez, and Austin Wates to Miami, the Marlins shipped away Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes, and a compensation pick to the Astros.
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A year later, Marlins fans are reminded of the fallout from this trade. Earlier today, news broke that Jarred Cosart was diagnosed with an inner-ear disorder. His prolonged issues have been diagnosed as ‘vertigo’ throughout the season.
While Cosart may now be on his way back, many fans still disagree with the decision to acquire the 25-year-old righty. My co-editor Ehsan Kassim wrote about this trade in his article “Three Moves that Sunk the Marlins in 2015 and Beyond.”
Here’s an excerpt from Ehsan’s piece on the Cosart deal:
"“Neither Moran nor Marisnick are lighting the world on fire for the Astros, but both could have been of assistance for the Marlins this season. Marisnick would have provided security for when Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich have all missed time due to performance and injuries. Moran would have been a long-term answer at third.The trade took from a Marlins weakness and added to (at the time) a strength. Enrique Hernandez….was essentially thrown into the Dee Gordon trade to offset some of the cash the Dodgers sent the Marlins way.”"
As far as the rest of the trade, Austin Wates isn’t on Miami’s 40-man roster, and hasn’t been close to the majors. This year with the Astros, Francis Martes holds a 1.04 ERA and a 2.77 FIP in 52 innings in Low-A, recently being promoted to Double-A.
Cosart contributed a 2.39 ERA and 3.32 FIP to last year’s ball club, but to no avail, as the Marlins missed a playoff opportunity. This season, he has posted no such success, going 1-4 with a 5.36 ERA. 2015 has been an interesting ride for Cosart, who has been demoted to Triple-A throughout a stint with vertigo.
In evaluation, this trade has backfired substantially for the Marlins. But don’t give up on Cosart just yet. Remember, he’s just 25 years old. When Cosart is healthy, he has performed well, and definitely fit of a rotation spot for Miami.
So let’s take a step back. Yes, the Cosart trade hasn’t been helpful thus far, but his potential isn’t something to avoid. The end of this season will prove as an evaluation period for a healthy Jarred Cosart, a player who may provide value for the Marlins in 2016.
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