Marlins are actually winners

Much has been made of the Miami Marlins apparent fire sale leading into the MLB non-waiver trade deadline.  It began with the Marlins dealing away face of the franchise Hanley Ramirez, and didn’t end until the deadline buzzer rang, but despite a massive turnover on the roster, I actually think the Marlins were huge winners in the trading season.  The players, along with Hanley, that were dealt by the Marlins included Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Gaby Sanchez, Edward Mujica, and Matt Dominguez.  But take a look at who they have received.  Nathan Eovaldi, young pitcher, just 22, who could certainly turn out to be a solid #3 starter.  Jacob Turner, a 21 year old with the potential to be an ace of a staff.  Zach Cox is a guy that could become a solid starting third baseman, and again, he is just 23.  Gorkys Hernandez, a true center fielder that can cover a ton of ground in that big ballpark and has a bat that can keep him as a contributing factor for years to come, oh, and he is 24.  They also acquired an old Carlos Lee, but don’t be surprised if he gets moved as a waiver trade in the month of August for more young arms and/or bats.  At quick glance, it looks as though the Marlins are waiving the white flag and are in rebuilding mode, but after breaking down the moves, it becomes quite clear, the Marlins are not rebuilding, they are reloading, and if the guys they brought in get to 75% of their potential, the Marlins just might be in a long battle with the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves to win the NL East next season.  While many are criticizing the Marlins moves, I am one who is actually applauding them.


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