Starting pitching... something you hear ALL Marlins fans talking about as the season goes on. Everyone keeps saying, "We need more starting pitching." Well, we got what we asked for.
GM Michael Hill finalized a deal with the San Diego Padres on Thursday night that would send the hard throwing right-handed starter Andrew Cashner, as well as Starting Pitching Colin Rea and reliever Tayron Guerrero in exchange for SP Jarred Cosart, top prospect 1st Baseman Josh Naylor, injured reliever Carter Capps and minor league right Luis Castillo.
While it looks like the Marlins gave up a lot for a decent starting pitcher, here are 3 reasons this trade makes a lot of sense for the Fish:
1) Getting Cashner for nothing - Hill was able to get Cashner in a Marlins jersey without spending much. It is reported that the Padres will be covering $2.275Million of the $2.5Million left on his contract.
2) Selling Capps while still Valuable - Carter Capps is a top 10 reliever in baseball when healthy, BUT he is not healthy now and will not be for a while.
3) Getting Rea Dirt Cheap - the Marlins have Colin Rea under team control until 2021, including cheap pre-arbitration through 2018. While he is only 26, Marlins can afford to wait and see if he pans out to be a good fit in the Marlins rotation.
Hill was able to pull all the right strings in a deal that can possibly help with both the short team and long term goals of the Marlins. As the Marlins continue to push into the playoffs, Hill continues to develop into one of baseball's most underrated GMs.