29: Miami Marlins
ACQUIRED: LHP Chris Reed (from Dodgers), RHP Kyle Barraclough (from Cardinals), RHP Kevin Guzman (from Dodgers), RHP Jeff Brigham (from Dodgers), RHP Victor Araujo (from Dodgers), SS Elliot Soto (from Cubs), RHP Ivan Pineyro (from Cubs), C Tomas Telis (from Rangers), LHP Cody Ege (from Rangers)
TRADED: RHP Mat Latos (to Dodgers), RHP Dan Haren (to Cubs), OF Mike Morse (to Pirates via Dodgers), RHP Steve Cishek (to Cardinals), RHP Sam Dyson (to Rangers), LHP Grant Dayton (to Dodgers)
The Miami Marlins are one of the most disappointing teams in baseball. After a winter spent adding some solid pieces that were meant to supplement a young and talented base, the Marlins fell flat on their face and currently feature the second-worst record in all of baseball. That led to a trade deadline of dumping salaries and odd returns.
The trade of Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers served as salary dump and netted the team three prospects, but only one that ranks within the team’s top 30 (Jeff Brigham – #23). The team then flipped fellow starter Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs and pulled back another top-30 prospect, Ivan Pineyro, and shortstop Elliot Soto. The Marlins even managed to salvage some value from Steve Cishek.
But the head-scratcher move of the summer had to be sending reliever Sam Dyson to the Rangers. Yes, they landed a solid catching prospect in Tomas Telis and relief prospect Cody Ege. However, Telis is somewhat superfluous given the presence of J.R. Realmuto. And all it cost them was the guy that was a reliever that could be a closer some day and likely would have netted them a much better package had they let other teams know they were listening.
No, the Marlins did what the Marlins do and as a result, they are starting things over again with a slugger that has a higher salary than the gross national revenue of some small countries, some solid young talent, and one that has an agent causing trouble.
Welcome back Miami!
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