As the last day of the 2014 Winter Meetings begins to wind down, there is no question that the Miami Marlins were among the biggest movers and shakers of the week in San Diego.
The Marlins’ busy off-season continued today, as a flurry of moves have been made in the last 24 hours. The latest acquisition will add some international spice to the pitching staff, in the form of Andre Rienzo. A native of Brazil, Rienzo broke into the big leagues with the white sox in 2013. Jon Morosi reported the story.
That would be an appropriate characterization of a trade in which one of the key players had let it be known he would rather retire than move to another city. Right-hander Dan Haren, acquired by the Marlins from the Dodgers on Wednesday along with speedy second baseman Dee Gordon, came to Los Angeles a year ago with the intent of finishing his career in his hometown.
In a deal the brought Broward County native Mat Latos from Cincinnati for minor-leaguers Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach on Thursday, the Marlins added a proven winner to the rotation. It remained uncertain whether he will be part of a revamped rotation with Dan Haren, who was obtained Wednesday along with speedy second baseman Dee Gordon in a seven-player deal with the Dodgers. The Monterey Park, Calif.-born Haren has said publicly he would consider retirement if traded away from Los Angeles.
A genuinely optimistic outlook for the Miami Marlins became even more positive at the Winter Meetings this week. The Marlins, who turned a corner with the 13-year, $325 million contract for the massively talented Giancarlo Stanton, retained their momentum at the Meetings.
In the offseason, Dee Gordon still lives five minutes from his parents' house in central Florida, dropping in for breakfast every morning before heading to his workout. He was born in Windermere, Fla., and played his high school ball in Avon Park.
After four eventful days at the Winter Meetings, the pieces are starting to fall into place for the Marlins. Now that the dust has settled, the organization is optimistic that it's moving closer to contending in the National League East. Granted, games aren't won in December, but the Marlins clearly are exiting MLB's biggest offseason showcase riding the momentum of three trades that covered all but one significant need.
In total, 14 players were taken in the Major League portion of the Draft, including corner infielder Mark Canha, who was selected by the Rockies from the Marlins' organization and then traded to the A's. Canha, who hit .303/.384/.505 with 20 homers in 127 games for Triple-A New Orleans this past season, has to stick on the A's roster all season or be offered back to the Marlins for $25,000.
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Andrew Friedman has only been the Dodgers' team president for a couple of months but he is already making his mark, pulling off a flurry of trades featuring Matt Kemp, Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick. More than anything else, he's making baseball a lot of fun.
SAN DIEGO -- Once again, the Tigers made noise at baseball's Winter Meetings, this time waiting until its final hours. By adding slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for right-hander Rick Porcello on Thursday morning, then acquiring Alfredo Simon from the Reds for Eugenio Suarez and Jonathon Crawford, their parting shot at this year's Meetings answered the past few days of deals by the rest of the American League Central.
SAN DIEGO -- The Red Sox have traded the power bat of Yoenis Cespedes to the Tigers for a key rotation piece in right-hander Rick Porcello, completing a frenzied 24-hour period in which general manager Ben Cherington acted quickly after free-agent left-hander Jon Lester opted to sign with the Cubs. Aside from completing the deal for Porcello, the Red Sox are on the verge of acquiring lefty starter Wade Miley from the D-backs and signing free-agent righty Justin Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million contract that is pending a physical.
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres took a big swing late Wednesday and landed the much-needed bat that they have been seeking all offseason, landing star outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers as part of a five-player deal, a baseball source told MLB.com. The Padres will receive Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and Minor League pitcher Zach Eflin.
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The Marlins added the 27-year old South Florida native to solidify the front of its rotation.
The 27-year old lefty will be sent to the White Sox in exchange for right-handed reliever Andre Rienzo.
The Miami Marlins got the second base upgrade they wanted in Dee Gordon, but thanks to the Los Angeles Dodgers' salary support, the Fish had to pay a hefty cost.
After trading Dan Jennings to the White Sox, the Marlins looked to find his replacement as they picked left-handed Andrew McKirahan in the Rule-5 draft.
Now that the Miami Marlins traded one of their starting pitchers, they turned around and acquired a front-line player in Mat Latos for a one-year rental that cost them two middle-tier prospects.