Miami Marlins acquire infielder Joey Wendle from Rays
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
According to Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have acquired infielder Joey Wendle from the Tampa Bay Rays.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays will receive outfielder Kameron Misner in return, the Marlins current No. 21 prospect.
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?