Offishial news, 8/2/23: Busy trade deadline day; Eury continuing to build up

Today’s Marlins news roundup also highlights another encouraging start for Miami’s ace.

Today’s Marlins news roundup also highlights another encouraging start for Miami’s ace.

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  • So summing these trades up one at a time, the Marlins acquired the controllable infield power bat that they had been coveting in Jake Burger. The price was Jake Eder, their top left-handed pitching prospect. I liked this deal very much. For all of his limitations as a player (in particular, poor plate discipline and contact ability), Burger will undoubtedly improve the production that this club has been getting from third base—Jean Segura set the bar so low. Meanwhile, Eder wasn’t going to contribute to the 2023 playoff push.
  • Speaking of Segura, the Marlins swapped his bad contract with Josh Bell‘s, though they had to include former first-round draft pick Kahlil Watson to make it a fair value. Lots of risk here. The veteran Bell has the potential to be the most impactful hitter of anybody moved at the deadline, but ever since he was traded at the 2022 deadline, he simply hasn’t performed. By fWAR, Bell and Segura have both been among MLB’s five least valuable position players over the last calendar year. Watson, 20, still has immense upside.
  • Evidently deterred by the asking prices on proven major league starting pitchers, the Marlins packaged Garrett Cooper and relief prospect Sean Reynolds to the Padres for left-hander Ryan Weathers. Through 143 MLB innings pitched (43 G/29 GS), Weathers has been lousy (5.73 ERA and 5.54 FIP) due to issues preventing homers and enticing opponents to chase outside the strike zone. General manager Kim Ng was non-committal about whether—no pun intended—the second-generation Marlin would join their rotation. This is a lo-fi version of the 2021 Starling Marte/Jesús Luzardo trade. Even if pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. has a plan for bringing out the best in Weathers, it would be unrealistic to expect that to pay immediate dividends. This is a project for 2024 and beyond.
  • Which of these three do you like most? Vote here!
  • As for the Marlins who were on the field Tuesday night, Sandy Alcantara excelled for the second straight start. Slated to face the top of the Phillies lineup for a fourth time and having already thrown 101 pitches, manager Skip Schumaker turned to his new closer, David Robertson, who blew it (season-high three earned runs allowed). But the game was truly lost at the plate as Miami pushed across only one run despite putting 15 runners on base.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, Justin Verlander was traded back to the Astros for two top outfield prospects. Despite being the reigning AL Cy Young award winner, you could argue that he’s merely their No. 2 starter behind Framber Valdez, who just threw a no-hitter against the Guardians. The Cubs clobbered the Reds, 20-9. Josh Hader extended his streak to 20 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run (dates back to the beginning of June). The Phillies rented Michael Lorenzen from the Tigers, and he’ll be starting on Thursday at LoanDepot Park.
  • The Marlins have a 46.0% chance to win their next game against the Phillies, per FanGraphs. Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET), and DSL Miami (11:00 a.m. ET) are at home, while Triple-A Jacksonville (8:05 p.m. ET), High-A Beloit (7:05 p.m. ET), Low-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET) and FCL Marlins (12:00 p.m. ET) are on the road.
  • Louis Addeo-Weiss looks back at what went well for the Marlins in July (slim pickings).
  • Fish On First’s Noah Berger and Kevin Barral are participating in the Marlins Media Softball Game at LoanDepot Park as I write this. They’re on the Caliente Red team. See the full rosters here.

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2 responses to “Offishial news, 8/2/23: Busy trade deadline day; Eury continuing to build up”

  1. I took a few days to let the dust settle but am still unable to generate much enthusiasm for the deadline moves. I like Robertson as a rental, but he apparently now has Puk disease. These moves have the potential to be positive, and potential is all there is. Bell has been subpar (to be generous), and Burger is perhaps a 1.5 WAR player. Weathers, as stated in the article, isn’t a 2023 bump. Sigh.

  2. ESPN is reporting that the Josh Bell / Segura trade was illegally finalized after the 6 PM trading deadline due to communications issues. Unless they have a waiver from MLB, Segura might be back. If they do have a waiver, this is a great new loophole clubs can exploit to extend the trading deadline.

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