The Miami Marlins made their second trade in as many days by acquiring a versatile infielder on Tuesday night.
Miami Marlins acquire infielder Joey Wendle
A 31-year-old utility player, Wendle has spent the last four seasons with Tampa Bay, which includes arguably the best year of his six-year career in 2021. Appearing in 136 games with the Rays during the 2021 season, Wendle was named an All-Star for the first time in his career and slashed .265/.319/.422 with 11 home runs, 54 RBI’s, and eight stolen bases.
A career .274/.328/.408 hitter, Wendle has posted a 100+ OPS+ across three of the past four seasons, as well as a 3.8 WAR in 2021. A versatile defender as well, Wendle saw a majority of his time with the Rays a year ago at third base, but has seen a significant amount of time at both second base and shortstop as well.
Wendle will likely serve as a super-utility player with the Marlins in 2022, and is a player who is under control for two more seasons.
In return, the Rays received Misner from the Marlins, Miami’s Competitive Balance A pick in the 2018 MLB Draft (No. 35 overall). Appearing in 102 games between High-A Beloit and Double-A Pensacola during the 2021 season, Misner slashed a combined .253/.355/.433 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI’s.
Misner was also recently one of standouts from the 2021 Arizona Fall League where the 23-year-old slashed .205/.373/.513 with seven home runs across 23 games with the Mesa Solar Sox.
With the non-tender deadline set for later tonight at 8:00 pm ET, is this the last notable move that the Miami Marlins make today?