Welcome to Miami Gardens, Arthur. Today, the Marlins have traded pitching prospect Gaby Hernandez to Seattle for 17 year veteran Arthur Rhodes. Rhodes is a 39 year old lefty reliever who has been enjoying a great season up in the Pacific Northwest: 2.86 era, 1.36 WHIP in 36 appearances. Keep in mind that those 36 appearances are unnaturally low, Seattle hasn’t had too many leads going into the eighth inning this year. Arthur brings a much needed veteran presence to the pen and takes about 50 tons of pressure off of the back of Reynel Pinto, who has been our only truly effective lefty reliever in the pen.
Gaby Hernandez had potential, and I always cringe when the Marlins give up a prospect, but I agree with this trade. However, I do not expect this to be any more than a three month rental.
As for the Manny Ramirez situation, Jayson Stark this morning on ESPN.com’s Trade Deadline Blog reports that an inside source says the likelyhood of this deal happening is 50-50. Also, it appears that John Grabow in the proposed three team deal with the Pirates would go to the Marlins, not to the Sox as previously assumed, and that Mike Stanton was discussed but will NOT be included in the deal (you can breathe a little easier now, SIMF). However, with our trade for Arthur Rhodes we no longer need Grabow, even though we probably wouldn’t be too upset if we get him because he has been a quality pitcher for Pittsburgh. It also appears that we did try to pick up Pudge from Detroit, but since the Tigers were looking for an experienced reliever the Yankees had the more attractive package. Too bad, especially since it doesn’t look like San Francisco wants to trade Molina for Jakey. Stay by your computer this afternoon.
… Now comes even more breaking news, Ken Griffey Jr. has agreed to a trade to the Chicago White Sox.