With the 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline now just a few days away, the Marlins have traded Sergio Romo to the Twins.
The Miami Marlins are rumored to be in the market for more prospects. Their trade bait also consists of Martin Prado, Starlin Castro, Adam Conley, Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker, and maybe Trevor Richards.
Headed out to Minnesota in the deal is also minor league pitcher Chris Vallimont. In return, the Miami Marlins stand to gain first baseman Lewin Diaz, according to a report by Jeff Passan. The Marlins are also expected to add a player to be named later, in addition to the other two.
Romo is 2-0 with a 3.58 ERA in 38 relief appearances for the 2019 Miami Marlins. He’s struck out 33 in 37 2/3 innings, and saved 17 games in 18 opportunities. Romo has walked 13 and surrendered 33 hits for a 1.221 WHIP.
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Vallimont is 6-7 this season between the full-season-A Clinton LumberKings and the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads. He’s posted a 3.16 ERA over 19 starts, and held opposing batters to a .210 batting average and a 1.21 WHIP. Vallimont has given up 79 hits in 105 1/3 innings, while striking out 122 and walking only 37. He’s currently regarded as the number 23 prospect in the system, according to the MLB Pipeline.
Diaz is a 6’4″, 225 lb. left-handed first baseman from the Dominican Republic. Currently in the double-A Southern League with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, he’s hitting .309/.348/.602 in 32 games. Diaz is regarded as Minnesota’s 30th ranked prospect. He’s collected 19 homers in 89 games this year between the Wahoos and the Twins high-A Fort Myers Miracle.
I’m hoping to hear that the Miami Marlins get a little more in this deal than we’ve already heard about. Diaz is a nice power bat, to be sure, but Vallimont plus a PTBNL is a little steep. Romo and a lower-level prospect for Diaz would be a more palatable deal.
The Marlins are pretty high on Diaz, though, apparently. There’s a possibility this guy actually breaks 2020 in the show with the big boys. Time will tell if this is a good deal or not – but taking risks is what the trade-game is all about.