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.
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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.