So Marlins are gearing up for a Stanton trade a la Miggy and the Tigers? And folks argue that you'll never get true value for Stanton. The radio announcers on Tuesday were discussing another disaster, one that hasn't gotten much attention: Josh Willingham. At Marlinsmaniacs.blogspot.com, i look at how Willingham was dropped in 2008 because his back was giving problems and the Marlins had a new phenom, Jeremy Hermida, to take his place.
Well, Willingham has hit about 30 HR each of the last two years, with 100 RBI. Hermida has basically vanished from the big leagues, with one homer and eight RBI, total, in the past two years.
But wait! We got some players when we traded Willingham and Scott Olsen to the Washington Nats in 2008. What happened to them? We got Jake Smolinski, now 24, a weak-hitting outfielder with no power and career minor league average of .263 who is now in AA; P.J. Dean, a pitcher who apparently has been out of organized ball for several years, and Emilio Bonifacio, dumped in the Blue Jays trade last fall.