Miami Marlins almost made a trade with Colorado
By Neil Raymond
The Miami Marlins signed Jean Segura this week. Interestingly, a trade between The Fish and the Colorado Rockies was discussed prior to Jean Segura signing instead. This trade would've brought another second baseman to us, but it's possible that he was going to switch to third base, though it's now an interesting thing to debate. Is it possible that an unexpected positional switch is coming to someone else in The Fish's lineup? What was this trade?
The Miami Marlins were considering doing a major trade with with the Colorado Rockies.
The Miami Marlins are considering doing a major trade. One of the possibilities discussed, was The Fish trading starting pitcher Edward Cabrera to the Colorado Rockies for 2B Brendan Rodgers. It's unclear what ultimately led to the trade not happening. Was it Colorado wanting more than Cabrera? Was it The Fish signing Jean Segura? Something obviously made this trade no longer feasible for one or the other side.
Edward Cabrera debuted in 2021 with a 5.81 ERA/6.63 FIP in 7 games and and 26.1 innings. He started all seven of those games and had an impressive 9.6 K/9 along with an abysmal 6.5 BB/9. Cabrera improved on those numbers with 9.4 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 2022, along with a a 3.01 ERA/4.59 FIP in 14 starts and 71.2 innings pitched. The walks continue to be alarming, but it appears that he's getting them more under control. The strikeouts are still elite as you can see.
What about Brendan Rodgers? Rodgers debuted in 2019 with a .224/.272/.350 batting line in 25 games and 76 AB with Colorado. He received less playing time in 2020 with 7 games and 21 AB. He batted .095/.095/.143 that season. In 2021, he batted .284/.328/.470 in 102 games and 387 AB, along with 15 home runs and 51 RBI. That was impressive production, and made it look as if the Colorado Rockies may be getting a breakout player. Cabrera is a free agent after the 2028 season.
In 2022, Brendan Rodgers hit .266/.325/.408 in 137 games and 527 AB, with 13 home runs and 63 RBI. This was disappointing, but he also had a 90.0 EV, which is a career high. Could the 26 year old improve further? He is a free agent after the 2025 season. Would you have preferred this trade to signing Segura? I don't think this was a good trade for us due to team control and Rodgers' numbers.