Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Revisiting the Jarred Cosart trade

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It was July 31st of 2014, MLB Trade Deadline Day. I was feverishly checking my smartphone for trade news and a notification pops up, “Miami Marlins acquire Jarred Cosart from Houston Astros.”

My first reaction was shock. Shock that the Marlins would be able to acquire a young starter with MLB experience under team control for multiple years during a potential playoff push.

On the surface, it looked like a good deal for both teams. The Marlins acquired a young controllable starting pitcher while the Astros grabbed a pair of young position players who could help their team in the future and a compensatory pick.

Unfortunately, with the emergence of Jake Marisnick and the struggles of Cosart, the scales tipped in favor of the Astros winning the deal. Let’s take a look at the involved players stats.

Houston Astros:

Jake Marisnick (MLB): .237 AVG, 9 HR, 22 SB

Colin Moran (AA Stats): .306 AVG/.381 OBP/ .459 SLG

Francis Martes (Multiple MILB Teams) 8-3, 2.04 ERA, 1.09 WHIP

Miami Marlins:

Sep 23, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher

Jarred Cosart

(23) delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jarred Cosart: 2-4, 4.15 ERA, 15.7 K%, 10.6 BB%, 1.34 WHIP, 5.01 FIP

Austin Wates (AAA Stats): .236 AVG/.292 OBP/ .305 SLG

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A full season later, the Marlins lost this trade. Cosart has struggled mightily all year long in the majors, took a trip to the minors, and has fell well below expectations. While Colin Moran has thrived in the Astros system, Jake Marisnick is an above replacement level outfielder, and Francis Martes had a decent year in the minors.

Fortunately for the Marlins, there’s still time. Cosart has plenty of time to develop. A lot of his problems can be solved through coaching and development. There’s no unsolvable problems here for a 25-year-old pitcher with only three full major league seasons under his belt.

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