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7 Player Trade Between Marlins and Padres

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Marlins acquire starting pitching in 7 player blockbuster.

The Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres completed a seven player trade that has Andrew Cashner, Collin Rae, and prospect Tyron Guerrero going to Miami in exchange for Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, last years first round pick Josh Naylor, and Luis Castillo. The Marlins have now managed to get rotational depth to help support Jose Fernadez and Adam Conely.

The Marlins starters have struggled behind ace Jose Fernandez and lefty Adam Conely, making them one of the most active teams in the starting pitching market. Off-season acquisition Wei-Yin Chin has struggled to the tune of a 4.99 ERA and a 5-4 record but is now on the DL with elbow issues.

Andrew Cashner hasn’t fared much better going 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA this season, but in his last 3 starts has allowed only 5 ER in 17.2 innings with 23 strikeouts skyrocketing his trade value. Cashner was sought after by many teams due to a weak pitching market.

Collin Rea has a 4.81 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearance dating back to his major league debut last year. Rea was added in the trade to help the Marlins prepare not just for a playoff run this year but also next as he is under team control through 2018, with his arbitration years going from 2019-2021 and also to help the Padres acquire the prospect haul they did. At 26 Rea is just entering the prime of his career and could be a solid number 3 starter for the Marlins. Guerrero the last piece going to Miami is a hard throwing right handed pitcher who has struggled between AA and AAA with a 5.30 ERA in 32 relief appearances. Guerrero dropped out of the Padres top 30 prospects at the mid season ranking despite a 95mph fastball, he often struggles with command.

Going back the other way is Jarred Cosart has only made 4 starts this year, with a 5.95 ERA, the oft injured 26 year old can not become a free agent until 2020. When healthy Cosart has flashed signs of being a solid number 2 or 3 starter but unfortunately Miami could not wait around till he could become healthy.

Carter Capps is also going to San Diego but has been sidelined all season after undergoing elbow surgery in March. Capps was a dominant reliever up until he was shutdown  last August allowing just 4 earned runs in 31 innings with 51 strike outs.

The big piece going back towards the Padres is last years 12th overall pick Josh Naylor who ranked 3rd on the Miami Marlins prospect list. The 19 year old Canadian first basemen is known for his bat and would be best suited for an American League team as he is a below average fielder. Naylor is slashing .269/.317/.430 for Class A Greensboro.

The Friars also managed to get the 6th ranked prospect in the Miami organization Luis Castillo, a right handed pitcher whos fastball sits in the upper 90s and a plus slider. Many believe Castillo would be a solid big league reliever but he currently boasts a 2.25 ERA in 100 innings as a starter for Class A advanced Jupiter.

Cashner will start Sunday for the Marlins and Rea will go Saturday according to manager Don Mattingly. This trade is a bit surprising with the inclusion of Rea but in order to obtain Naylor this might have been necessary. San Diego now also only has one of their starting five pitchers from opening day remaining on their roster.

Be careful the Marlins are now poised for a playoff run and could possibly contend for the NL East crown.