Marlins Receive Passing Grades For Trades Made At Deadline

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: (L-R) Cameron Maybin #1, Lewis Brinson #9, and Brian Anderson #15 of the Miami Marlins celebrate in the outfield after beating the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on April 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: (L-R) Cameron Maybin #1, Lewis Brinson #9, and Brian Anderson #15 of the Miami Marlins celebrate in the outfield after beating the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on April 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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I am not the only one who likes what the Miami Marlins did at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. Evidently, Bleacher Report gave the National League East team passing grades for the deals it made.

Per Zachary D. Rymer, the Miami Marlins received grades for the two players they traded and for the players they received in return. Centerfielder Cameron Maybin was sent to Seattle Mariners and reliever Brad Ziegler was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The moves made were surprising, since it was expected Miami would be heavily involved in the days leading up to the trade deadline.

Maybin was sent to the west coast to help the Mariners with their deficiencies in centerfield. The belief is the veteran will provide a steadying influence in the outfield. He is viewed as a rental player for the remainder of the season.

"“Per defensive runs saved, the Mariners have endured the worst defense of any team in center field this season. Considering their pitchers typically don’t keep the ball on the ground, that’s a problem,” Rymer wrote.“Maybin should help fix it. A few exceptions aside, he’s mostly rated as an above-average defensive outfielder. And not just in center field, as he can also play left field and right field as needed.”"

The Marlins received a “B” for their sale.

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On the other end, Miami received Bryson Brigman, a minor league infielder and money to be used for signing international players. Brigman is another minor leaguer, following the Marlins game plan of building for the future.

"“Brigman didn’t flash a ton of promise with the bat in 2016 or 2017 after going in the third round of the 2016 draft. But in 2018, he’s hit .304 with a .373 on-base percentage at High-A,” Rymer added."

There is no power in Brigman’s bat, which means he will have to count on being a hitter for average and a solid defender.

Rymer gave the move a B-.

Ziegler returned to Arizona, where he pitched from 2011-2016. The move was a bit surprising to me as the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were believed to be frontrunners to snag the submarine-style pitcher.

He is viewed as a rental pitcher, much like Maybin, to help Arizona with their playoff run.

"“Along comes one of the hottest relief pitchers in baseball. Ziegler, who pitched in Arizona from 2011 to 2016, has allowed only two earned runs over his last 28 appearances,” said Rymer. “Not so coincidentally, the veteran’s ground-ball percentage has skyrocketed. That habit will mesh well with the Diamondbacks’ infield defense.”"

Pitching in the National League West, Ziegler will hopefully help the Diamondbacks. He is being paid $9 million this season.

The deal with Arizona garnered an “A” for the move.

The Marlins got pitcher  Tommy Eveld in return, a player who had not been in the Diamondbacks Top 30 prospects. That did not stop Miami from making this deal.

"“The 24-year-old has dominated his way across High-A and Double-A to the tune of a 1.11 ERA this season,” Rymer wrote. “He’s struck out 47 and walked only eight in 40.2 innings. A good fastball-slider combination and improved control is at work there.”"

Rymer gave the deal a B+.

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