Offishial news, 7/26/23: José Castillo trade; Cabrera exits early again

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes the unveiling of the 2024 Grapefruit League schedule.

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes the unveiling of the 2024 Grapefruit League schedule.

Tuesday’s Games

Marlins Podcast Episodes

  • Tuesday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: Rehabbing with Jacksonville, Avisaíl García went 1-for-3 with a walk and Andrew Nardi struck out two batters during an easy eight-pitch inning of relief. The Hammerheads played their first “home” game in The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Draft picks 1B Brock Vradenburg (2-for-5) and OF Mark Coley (1-for-4, RBI, BB) made their professional debuts. It’s been a struggle for RHP Hiroshi Takahashi with the DSL Marlins this season, but he finally had his first scoreless appearance (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K) and earned his first career win.
  • Edward Cabrera‘s start came undone in the second inning because of a recurring blister issue. The Marlins desperately need him to fill out their rotation at the moment, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to project Cabrera as a starter moving forward considering how frequently blisters impact his control and availability.
  • The Marlins took a flier on Padres LHP José Castillo, acquiring him for cash considerations and optioning him to Jacksonville. “Big Dude” (he’s listed at 6’6″, 252) possesses a mid-90s fastball and wipeout slider, but injuries have halted his progress for much of the last five seasons. He has a 9.82 ERA, 7.15 FIP and 2.07 WHIP for Triple-A El Paso this year (18.1 IP). Miami’s 40-man roster is temporarily full, but the club can easily make room for a newcomer by transferring Matt Barnes to the 60-day injured list at any point. Barnes underwent hip surgery on Tuesday.
  • The 2024 spring training schedule has been announced. We’re less than seven months away from the Marlins’ Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, the Dodgers reunited with Kiké Hernández, sending relievers Nick Robertson and Justin Hagenman to the Red Sox to complete the trade. Hernández has the lowest fWAR among MLB hitters this season (yes, even worse than Jean Segura). It wasn’t pretty, but the Angels prevailed in extra innings to win for the sixth time in their last seven games.
  • The latest episode of Fish On First LIVE reacted to the Castillo trade, Marlins injury updates and the recent history of the Rays dominating the Citrus Series. With chiropractic care and functional health, La Pop takes a preventative approach that optimizes wellness and quality of life for all ages. Find out more here!
  • The Marlins have a 44.4% chance to win their series finale against the Rays, per FanGraphs. Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), Low-A Jupiter (doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. ET) and FCL Marlins (12:00 p.m. ET) are at home, while Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET) and High-A Beloit (11:00 a.m. ET) are on the road.
  • Marlins Jeopardy returns on Thursday! It’s a “Young Experts” special, featuring contestants who weren’t even born the last time the Marlins won it all. As usual, we’re including your audience questions. Please submit them here.

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3 responses to “Offishial news, 7/26/23: José Castillo trade; Cabrera exits early again”

  1. Interesting how they took a flier on Jose Castillo. They’ve already got an assortment of LHP relief pitchers (and that’s even with AJ Puk hitting a brick wall) and they still got more on the way. (if Josh Simpson is healthy)

    If they need bullpen help, it should really be a RHP. For now, they’ve found that help from within thanks to a standout performance from George Soriano, but they will likely need more come August. Shoving Edward Cabrera into the bullpen is sounding more and more like an appealing option the more I’ve seen from him. His frequent blisters is starting to be a serious problem, and they are hindering him from reaching his lofty ceiling as a starter. And IMO his stuff is far, far too good to be in AAA, where he has nothing left to prove.

    But they don’t really have anyone in the pipelines to replace him in the rotation. They would have to address that simply by trading for someone at the deadline.

    Tick tock, Kim Ng. You’re on the clock.

    1. Why not let Soriano start? He may not be fully stretched out but he will give you more innings than Cabrera. Cabrera should go to the bullpen. He can probably pitch an inning every few days without getting blisters

      1. I was not particularly high on Soriano entering the year and his AAA performance didn’t stand out much either. But he is showing a lot of starter traits, at least enough to be a “2 times through the order” guy. Better version of Hoeing.

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