2. Miami Marlins Land Multiple Players
- RHP Yimi Garcia
- OF Bryan De La Cruz
- RHP Austin Pruitt
The Miami Marlins had multiple potential bullpen arms that would garner interest from teams with arguably none bigger than Yimi Garcia. The Marlins flipped their closer on Wednesday to the Astros, and in return received outfielder Bryan De La Cruz and right-hander pitcher Austin Pruitt.
Garcia will certainly play a massive role in the back-end of the bullpen for an Astros team with World Series aspirations in 2021. A free agent at seasons end, a move surrounding the Marlins closer made sense, but Miami landed a strong return for the rental arm as well.
De La Cruz made his major league debut on Friday against the Yankees going 0-for-4 at the plate, but made an impressive catch out in right field. The 24-year old put up some impressive numbers in Triple-A this season, and should be an impact outfielder for the Marlins going forward, one who can play all three outfield positions.
Miami also received Pruitt, a 31-year old right-hander who also made his Marlins debut on Friday throwing a scoreless inning. Pruitt is still under team control for multiple seasons, and should see some looks in both the Marlins rotation and bullpen going forward.
It seemed likely that the Marlins would move Garcia before the deadline, and they did, landing two players who can contribute in areas of need for Miami right now. Depending on what these players do going forward, this could possibly end up being one of the best moves for the Marlins over this trade deadline.