The trade of Adeiny Hechavarria was in the works for days, but it was finally completed yesterday as the Rays have acquired the shortstop and all of his salary for minor league prospects Braxton Lee and Ethan Clark. Clark is the typical type of pitcher the Marlins tend to like: tall, hard-throwing, and with a high-ceiling and low-floor.
Meanwhile, Marcell Ozuna has risen to third in All-Star voting for NL outfielders, which means that he would be starting in the Midsummer Classic if voting closed today. Giancarlo Stanton is down in sixth, but only 200,000 votes behind.
The Marlins drafted outfielder Cameron Baranek in the ninth round a few weeks ago, and despite being Hope International University’s first ever draft pick, he may prove to have been a steal.
Another name has joined the Bush/Romney/Rothbaum group looking to purchase the Marlins; CNBC star Marcus Lemonis from “The Profit”, a show in which failing businesses are helped to turn things around.
On the other hand, it has been reported that South Florida businessman Jorge Mas could write a $1 billion check all by himself, and may well do so within the week.
Around the League
The Dodgers’ ten-game win streak was snapped by their cross-town rivals last night as former Marlin Ricky Nolasco picked up the win for the Angels.
The Indians scored 13 unanswered runs against the Rangers to come from behind and win by a score of 15-9.
Statcast has identified the top demons on the basepaths for each position.
Francisco Rodriguez has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals after being released by Detroit last week.
Terry Francona had to leave Cleveland’s epic comeback win after feeling unwell. He also left the bench on June 13th after feeling similar symptoms.