“Again, our disappointment with the team continues,’’ president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said in his opening statement about the trades before later pointing out players can still be traded before Aug. 31 but must clear waivers first.
The additions from Tuesday’s two moves: 23-year-old left-handed-hitting third baseman Zackary Cox, a former 2010 first-round pick who was hitting .254 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 84 games for the Triple A Memphis Red Birds, and Gorkys Hernandez, a 24-year-old Venezuelan-born outfielder, who hit .083 (2 for 24) with two stolen bases and two RBI in 25 games with the Pirates this season primarily as a defensive replacement.
Hernandez, described as fleet-footed and well above average defensively by Beinfest, will join the Marlins on Wednesday and start in center field, according to manager Ozzie Guillen. Cox, a welcome addition considering the Marlins don’t have much in the way of talent at the hot corner, will head down to Double A Jacksonville.
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