Late on Thursday night, the Miami Marlins made a trade to alleviate some of their injury pains. Meet Nick Noonan: a contingency against further injury.
The Miami Marlins were going to have to address the problem one way or another. With few pieces to trade for, they Fish decided to go shopping and to pay with cash. Sometimes you’re able to find a gem in the bargain bin, and they’re hoping that’s what happened here.
On Thursday, Joe Frisario announced that the Marlins had executed a trade with the Brewers for infielder Nick Noonan. The Brewers received cash considerations in return.
So what does this mean for the big league Marlins? Not a lot… hopefully. We will likely only see Noonan in a Marlins uniform if further injuries require him to be called up. There is the possibility he’ll start tearing it up in AAA, but being that he is 28 year old prospect, that seems unlikely.
Noonan will be reporting to the New Orleans Baby Cakes to begin his tenure with the Marlins. J.T. Riddle is technically out after jamming his finger during warmups, but he isn’t expected to go on the D.L. It appears Steve Lombardozzi will be sticking around the ball club for a while.
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This move is an indication that the injury to Adeiny Hechavarria might be on the serious side. He was already placed on the 10-day disabled list, but it appears this means he’ll stay longer. His obliques have given him trouble in the past, and this is his second stint as a result of an oblique injury this season.
Who is Nick Noonan?
A first round selection and the second baseman of the future for the San Francisco Giants. The Bay area ball club selected Noonan 32nd overall in the 2007 MLB draft. He never panned out the way they hoped, and he has bounced around since. He was finally able to break into the big leagues in 2013, but saw limited action there.
Noonan is able to any position in the infield sufficiently. His defense is on par with the rest of the league, but his offense has never fully developed against Major League pitching.
In his 0.162 years of MLB service time, Noonan has racked up a whooping -1.3 WAR. He has slugged one home run, driven in nine runs, and hit .193 in 145 at bats. Signed as a free agent with the Brewers prior to this season, he never appeared in a Major League game for them.
He likely won’t do so for the Marlins either. However, keep in mind that a trickle down effect occurs when players at the pro level are injured. Minor league rosters become thinned out and sustain injuries of their own.
Welcome to the Fish family, Nick Noonan!