Nolasco Trade Signals More Marlins Moves To Come
Yesterday, Ricky Nolasco was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a trio of relievers include a couple I’ve scouted previously. Steve Ames was one of the better relievers I saw in 2012 sporting a heavy sinker and strong ground ball tendencies. Josh Wall spent 2011 in Chattanooga where I witnessed him up to 95-96 mph on multiple occasions. Both are near big league ready, although neither has 8th or 9th inning stuff or command.
The third piece of this deal was Angel Sanchez, a pitcher I’ve never scouted because he has never pitched above A-Ball. However, he’s technically the best prospect to exchange hands in the swap.
For me personally, the Marlins are maddening because they consistently make strong baseball decisions in spite of having to do everything on the cheap. Instead of making one good move, they are forced into a flurry of moves to maintain something resembling a Major League roster while looking to cut payroll. Because of this, the Nolasco trade strikes me as the first of more trades to come.
In a perfect world, the Marlins would deal Ricky Nolasco and finagle his salary to acquire the strongest package possible. Since this wasn’t an option for Miami, shedding his salary led to the Marlins receiving bit parts. However, those bit parts are two Triple-A relievers who can be promoted quickly. Why is this important? The Marlins have three relievers in Ryan Webb, Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn who have trade value and will only become more expensive.
On a terrible team, it makes little sense to spend anything on relief pitching. So, why not trade them all for more prospects and let the salary purge continue on a smaller scale? Most every reliever is an interchangeable part anyways.
To be honest, I don’t disagree with this strategy as I’ve always been a proponent of developing benches and bullpens internally using cheap, cost controlled talent. However, are the Marlins going to use the extra money to sign Giancarlo Stanton to an extension? Jose Fernandez? Logan Morrison? Probably not. Until this happens, I can’t help but view every Marlins deal with nefarious intent which is a shame considering I lived in Dade and Broward County for half of my adult life.
Don’t look now, but the DBacks are looking to add pitching at the trade deadline with Brewers Yovani Gallardo as a prime target. Matt Davidson and/or Chris Owings would be prime targets for the Brew Crew. Davidson could play first or third base, while Owings would become the second baseman of the future.
Hunter Morris and Scooter Gennett are decent prospects in a bad organization, but thoroughly outclassed by Owings/Davidson. For the past week, I’ve been debating both as auction pickups in Ottoneu. With both not being draft picks of the Towers regime, it makes sense for the organization to deal them before players they selected.
30 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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