Rumors are circulating that the Marlins are shopping for some help at 2B and at starting pitcher. Seeing as top prospect Andrew Heaney was sent back to AAA New Orleans, it’s a good bet that if the Fish want to contend from here on out they need to find a solution in their rotation.
ROSTER MOVES: •Adeiny Hechavarria recalled from DL •Tom Koehler reinstated from paternity list •Jake Marisnick & Andrew Heaney to AAA NOLA
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Losing Jose Fernandez has definitely set them back, but not finding a reliable starter has crippled their chances a bit as the inconsistency eats into the bullpen. That said, Heaney will be back – as Mike Redmond noted, he was pitching Single A just last year. Other top flight prospects don’t seem quite ready to take over as full-time starters just yet.
Getting back to the rumors about possible moves, Joe Frisaro notes the Rays’ Ben Zobrist as being high on many teams lists and suggests the Marlins are among the interested teams. The asking price will be a top prospect for Zobrist so it will remain to be seen whether or not the Marlins are willing to pay such a price considering they have Derek Dietrich pegged as the 2B of the future, despite his setbacks this season. For the time being, the Marlins are playing mix-and-match with Jeff Baker, Ed Lucas, and Donovan Solano providing daily possibilities. Rafael Furcal is back on the DL and the experiment with the 36 year old seems to be coming to an end at this point of the year.
So, why not try Jordany Valdespin at 2B? Currently locked in with the New Orleans Zephyrs, the former Mets standout is hitting .258/.360/.390/.760 with 5 HRs and 12 SBs. More telling is his strikeout to walks which is currently 26 Ks to 28 BBs. He has 47 hits in his 182 ABs, which means he is putting the bat on the ball and using his speed to generate production 28 runs scored. He does have 12 SBs along with 8 CS, which does not indicate a good success rate at the major league level. Valdespin may turn out to be another Donovan Solano type of player – solid ABs with some speed and a solid glove. Will he be an impact player for the Fish and take over at 2B for the duration of the season? At this point, it can’t hurt to take a look and see what you may have before pulling the trigger on a deal for Zobrist.
Other than that, Frisaro says the Marlins may be suggesting getting Emilio Bonifacio back or even Dan Uggla. With Uggla, you have a downgrade defensively and what power he may have will come with a high price of strikeouts. Bonifacio provides top of the lineup speed and familiarity, but will he net as much of an improvement to warrant a possible deal?