Many writers feel the Marlins have improved significantly after their offseason moves, which include Friday's deals:
2015 might not be the Marlins' year, but their time will come sooner rather than later. As the pitchers continue to develop and the hitters get more big league at-bats, they could be a scary team in the very near future.
Both teams solved a problem with this trade, making it a clear win-win at this moment. The final results won't be known until the season starts, but for now it's hard to find fault with either side.
All of these moves give the Marlins versatility and at least make them more competitive than they have been in the last two years. Atlanta's taken steps back this offseason, while New York isn't quite ready to compete offensively, so there could be a playoff spot open in the National League for Miami to grab.
Eovaldi showed promise in 2013, finishing 4-6 with a 3.39 ERA. But he struggled much of last season (6-14, 4.37) and allowed the most hits of any National League pitcher (223), in 199 innings. Eovaldi, arbitration eligible, is expected to make about $3 million next season.
Miami gets young arms after dealing Andrew Heaney, Brian Flynn, and Anthony DeSclafani this offseason.
the nathan eovaldi puzzle: high velocity (4th best in bigs among SPs), so-so Ks, low fip, high babip, so-so era.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2014
Here’s a way to get excited about Nate Eovaldi. http://t.co/lIDtbHz80T— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) December 19, 2014
Nathan Eovaldi had the second-worst strand rate among starters in 2014— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) December 19, 2014
Much like when Yanks traded Shane Greene, I'm sure they'll say losing Martin Prado will hurt. Versatile pro who was solid on offense/defense— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 19, 2014
Still, I'd rather have him than Martin Prado and never regretted that. And Padres fans didn't give up their arm for him either, so enjoy.— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) December 19, 2014