The Miami Marlins have made their first trade of potentially many to come.
Let the trade season begin for the Miami Marlins. With the team currently 33-44, and last in the NL East, it seemed almost evident that the team would sell leading up to the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline.
That first trade has indeed happened this morning as the Marlins cleared space in their seemingly crowded outfield.
The Miami Marlins have traded OF Corey Dickerson and RP Adam Cimber to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielder Joe Panik and a prospect.
Corey Dickerson is arguably the focal-point of this deal, however the 32-year old outfielder struggled this season for Miami batting at a .260/.321/.377 slash line. Currently on the IL as well, Dickerson had seemed to be surpassed on the depth chart by younger players, and seemed like a candidate most likely to be moved at some point in July.
Adam Cimber may eventually end up being to most impactful piece this season for Toronto as he sported a career-low 2.88 ERA across 34.1 inning pitched so far this season. Miami is also sending cash to offset salary.
In return, the Marlins received veteran infielder Joe Panik from Toronto. The 30-year old utility infielder is batting .246/.293/.351 on the season, and should provide Miami with an experienced bench option. Miami will also reportedly receive a Blue Jays prospect in the deal, while who it will be is still TBD.
The initial reaction to this trade is 100% about young Marlins OF Jesus Sanchez. This should cement Sanchez as an everyday starter in the Marlins outfield going forward, and is essentially a vote of confidence in the young slugger.
Is this the deal that officially opened trade season in baseball? With July right around the corner, expect the trade talk to flow now, with the Miami Marlins potentially one of the more active selling teams at this year’s deadline.