As the clock struck 4pm, it appeared the Miami Marlins had decided to stand pat, despite having expressed the desire to obtain a 2B and a starting pitcher. This apparent apathy did not sit well with some fans:
.@Marlins fans are like a kid who's dad left to buy cigarettes 10 years ago and we keep thinking he's coming back. I'll be in park 2nite.— Phil Letizia (@PhilLetizia) July 31, 2014
But, hope was not lost; there was still a chance for something, anything.
Deal could still get announced involving #Marlins, looking for starting pitcher.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 31, 2014
And, sure enough, news began to dribble out that a deal for an SP had, in fact, been made.
Numerous reports say Astros?src=hash">#Astros have traded Jarred Cosart to #Marlins.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
#Marlins Acquire RHP Jarred Cosart, Inf/Of Kike Hernandez & OF Austin Wates fr Hou. for Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes & 20 ...— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) July 31, 2014
Here are some instant reactions about the trade from around the Twittersphere:
Mike Hill said #Marlins gave up a lot, but they got what they wanted in Cossart. They also love Hernandez— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 31, 2014
@Marlins @MarlinsNation 2 MLB ready players is always good when you give up no MLB players!— Jonathan Fraser (@jonnyfray) July 31, 2014
Because I think @astros did very well doesn't mean Marlins did poorly. They get legit SP3, an excellent utility MLBer, and at least a OF4.— W. W. Schields (@HtownSportsTake) July 31, 2014
Kike Hernandez would have been a great utility guy for years to come! #Astros— Astros Future (@AstrosFuture) July 31, 2014
Thanks to the @Marlins for the opportunity, pumped to be part of the @astros— Colin Moran (@CMOran18) July 31, 2014
In 2013, Astros thought seriously about taking Colin Moran with the 1st pick, not Mark Appel— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 31, 2014
Why Marisnick? Blocked by Yelich, Ozuna, Stanton. Why Moran? Blocked by McGehee #Marlins #MLBTradeDeadline— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) July 31, 2014