In a relatively fast chain of events, the Miami Marlins traded SP Anibal Sanchez, INF Omar Infante and a draft pick to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for SP Jacob Turner, C Rob Brantly, SP Brian Flynn and a draft pick. Rumors have been swirling for multiple days now of a possible trade between the Marlins and Tigers regarding Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante and approximately ten minutes before game time, the teams announced that the rumors of a trade are now confirmed.
Anibal Sanchez, arguably the Marlins most reliable starting pitcher over the past few years, has posted a 3.94 ERA to go along with his 5-7 record this season. Omar Infante had a line of .287/8/33 while playing good defense this year with the fish.
Jacob Turner who is the “prized” prospect in this deal, has posted great numbers in the minor leagues but has had a shaky start to his Major League career. He currently has a career MLB earned run average over eight. Catcher Rob Brantly is a quality minor leaguer who has shown the ability to hit at all levels of pro ball. He currently will be slated at AAA along with Turner. The third player in the deal, Brian Flynn, is a 6’8″ lefty pitcher out of Wichita State. He has the ability to reach the mid 90′s with his fastball but he is still a work in progress. He is set to join the Marlins AA affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns.
Based on what I have seen/read on Twitter, most people seem satisfied with the trade, which they should be.
Jacob Turner has the potential to be a front of the rotation guy. His six MLB starts don’t worry me much because he’s only 21 years old. He could join the rotation later on this season in my opinion. Basically the Marlins traded what’s left of Anibal Sanchez’s season for a young and affordable player for multiple years in Jacob Turner. Yes, Anibal has left us with some great memories from seasons past, but Turner can leave some memorable impressions on the fans soon enough. He is quite a talent that the Marlins should feel lucky to have obtained.
Realistically, the Marlins wouldn’t have resigned Anibal Sanchez this off season. He would be getting top dollar on the open market and it isn’t a sure thing that he would have wanted to stay in Miami. However, trading Omar Infante hurts a little due to his offensive production but he would only be under team control for one more season.
The Marlins made out extremely well in this trade. Acquiring a future top of the rotation starter along with two solid prospects is a win in my book. For the Marlins fans who are upset with this trade, they should do their research. They shouldn’t be disappointed what so ever with this trade. The future got a little bit brighter and the team got a stud starting pitcher that they have needed.
What’s next for the Marlins?
I’m sure this is possibly the first move of many the Marlins might try to make to “restructure” the look of the team. It’s possible that within a week players like Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez, and Carlos Lee could no longer be apart of the team. While it will take a lot of talent to take Josh Johnson or Hanley Ramirez off the Marlins hands, it can be done. Multiple scouts were in Miami tonight to watch Johnson’s stellar start. Among the scouts, the Angels, Rangers, and Red Sox were represented.
Some people are calling this a start of a fire sale. Don’t. This is simply the start of rebuilding this team into a playoff contender which the Marlins clearly aren’t at this time. If the right package presents itself, the Marlins should not hesitate to entertain it. I’m sure there will be more rumors and trades to discuss in the upcoming days.