The Miami Marlins reportedly have acquired starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the San Diego Padres.
Going into the 2016 MLB trade deadline, the Miami Marlins wanted to acquire pitching, but they didn’t have the prospects to get a big haul. They decided to go a different route. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins have acquired Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the San Diego Padres. Among the players going to the Padres is Josh Naylor, the Marlins’ number two prospect according to MLB.com.
By acquiring Cashner and Rea, the Marlins have improved their rotation both short-term and long-term. Cashner has had a rough 2016 season but he has been noticeably better since a stint on the disabled list. He will be a free agent after this season.
Rea will help the Marlins long-term as he is a 26-year-old starting pitcher in his second MLB season. He’s a controllable starter who isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2018 and won’t be a free agent until 2021. Rea has a 4.98 ERA this season in 19 games (18 starts).
Naylor is a first baseman who was drafted with the 12th overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft. His bat has a lot of potential, with many seeing him as being a potential 25 to 30 home run hitter. Naylor was recently ranked as the seventh best first baseman prospect according to MLB.com. He is only 19 years old so he has a lot of room to grow. Naylor was also a top 100 prospect by Baseball America before the 2016 season. That’s a steep price to pay for the Marlins, but they were desperate for pitching.