How All Of The Marlins Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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The Marlins took a lot of flak for the big selloff almost 2 years ago.
In the previous winter, Miami set out to dominate the NL East in the 1st season of the New Marlins Ball Park. To do this, they allocated a $118 MIL payroll.
The Fish flung down the standings in the 2nd half, and ended with a 69 – 93 record, and Ozzie Guillen was fired after inking a 4 Year Managerial deal prior to that campaign.
The club struggles with injuries to key players and never really jelled.
Miami decided that they were in big trouble with how the current roster was situated, and were carrying an enormous payroll, and the threat of dwindling attendance the following year, caused them to make a block buster deal with Toronto.
After this occurred, the management then flipped troubled SS Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays for Derek Dietrich.
The team also dealt away Heath Bell, and has another organizational piece still as an asset for the deal in Yordy Cabrera.
The club had divested itself in over $200 MIL in potential payroll commitments.
After almost 2 years, while the Jays still have Reyes and Buehrle with the club, virtually all of the players have exited.
John Buck was used in a throw in the deal for R.A. Dickey, but can’t be considered a guy the Mets really wanted.
It was more important the Marlins saw his remaining 2 YR/$12 MIL off of their financial books.
Alvarez and Hechavarria look to be mainstays with the club going forward, with Derek Dietrich receiving significant AB at the Major League Level already.
DeSclafani made his debut earlier this season, and was up for a 5 Game Start sample size already, with spitting time in New Orleans and Jacksonville to round out his campaign thus far.
Justin Nicolino has started 23 games for Jacksonville (AA) and has posted a 2.81 ERA. He was the 81st ranked prospect by Baseball America prior to the launching of the year.
Josh Johnson has been a disaster since leaving Florida.
So really the club did a fantastic job of assessing the talent of their squad, and despite everyone scathing in anger originally, even they would have to say the franchise made out especially well in these transactions.
Miami has built with their Minor League System in 2014, while also adding some veteran Free Agents such as Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Garrett Jones, Reed Johnson, Rafael Furcal – and what could be the bargain signing of the year for Casey McGehee.
Furcal has since retired, but the other guys have played decently to well.
When we do the Pitching side of the Roster Tree in a few weeks, a similar tale will be told.
It will be up to Jeffrey Loria to open his pocket-book up again to Giancarlo Stanton.
The ALL – Star, league leading Home Run hitter will not be easy to sign heading into the 2017 year.
The Marlins fan base will really see what the ownership intends to do when that time is up. It is a pinnacle crossroad for the team.
Until then, it will be fun to watch this young exciting team.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth) (Pos) Roster Tree
Adeiny Hechavarria (4/15/89) SS/2B: November 19, 2012: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Justin Nicolino (minors), Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick and Jeff Mathis to the Miami Marlins for Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and cash.
Derek Dietrich (7/18/89) 2B: Is currently playing with the Marlins.
Jeff Mathis (3/31/83) C: Is currently playing with the Marlins.
Justin Nicolino (11/22/91: Is a starting pitcher with Jacksonville (AA affiliate of Miami).
Henderson Alvarez (4/18/90) SP: Henderson is a Starting Pitcher for the Marlins.
Anthony DeSclafani (4/18/90) SP: Started a few games for Miami, and then returned to New Orleans.
Jake Marisnick (3/30/91) CF: July 31, 2014: Traded by the Miami Marlins with Francis Martes (minors), Colin Moran (minors) and 2015 compensation draft pick to the Houston Astros for Austin Wates (minors), Jarred Cosart and Enrique Hernandez.
Francis Martes (11/24/95) P: Signed by the Marlins as an International Free Agent in 2012.
Jarred Cosart (5/25/90) SP: Cosart is a Starter for the Marlins right now.
Enrique Hernandez ( 8/24/91) OF/SS/3B: Is playing with Miami in the big leagues thus far.
Austin Wates (9/2/88) 3B: Is with New Orleans (AAA Marlins affiliate).
P.J. Dean (11/27/88) P: Dean never even played Minor League Baseball with the Marlins – and has been out of baseball since 2008.
Jake Smolinski (2/9/89) LF: November 5, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
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