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Fish Bites Episode 31: Grading the Sergio Romo trade

A full breakdown of the Marlins-Twins trade. Also, Wells Dusenbury is here to discuss the financial future of the Fish and what it’s like covering the team on a daily basis.

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Ely Sussman is on hosting duty this week to cover Saturday’s “creative” trade involving Sergio Romo, Chris Vallimont and Lewin Díaz (1:48). Meanwhile, the Marlins went 4-2 on the field at the major league level, getting especially large contributions from Caleb Smith, Zac Gallen, Miguel Rojas and Harold Ramírez (14:13).

Wells Dusenbury, Marlins beat reporter for the Sun Sentinel, joins the show for an extended interview on the inner workings of the franchise and the factors affecting long-term success on and off the field (19:28). Dusenbury is celebrating one full year on the Marlins beat, so he reflects on his most impactful reporting and how the grind of a MLB season compares to his expectations coming into the gig (42:13).

Enjoy Episode 31!

The first baseman Lewin Díaz is in his sixth professional season since signing with the Twins out of the Dominican Republic. In 90 games played with High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Pensacola in 2019, he’s slashing .294/.336/.553 with 19 home runs and a 156 wRC+.

He’s expected to debut for Double-A Jacksonville on Monday night.

Here is Dusenbury’s recent coverage of the Marlins’ local television ratings, including comments from Chief Revenue Officer Adam Jones. During his year on the beat, he also went in depth on the franchise’s in-house education program and the biggest financial hurdles on the horizon.

Throughout the next few days, find all of Fish Stripes’ trade deadline coverage in this stream.

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