There is definitely a new sheriff in town. The Marlins have added Jarrod Saltalamacchia to take over at the backstop, signed Rafael Furcal to slide over to 2B for a season, and signed Garrett Jones to play 1B and added Carter Capps for the departed Logan Morrison. And today they sent Justin Ruggiano packing to the Cubs for Brian Bogusevic. So, what did the Marlins get back?
Overall, there are some minor improvements and some questionable lateral moves when you first look at these recent deals. Let’s look at the winners:
Salty will improve the catcher position by adding more offense and consistency behind the plate as well as some veteran leadership (at the ripe old age of 28) to the roster. He knows that the Marlins have a pretty good young arsenal and is pretty excited to see what they can do. He can call a good game and has improved his defensive skill set.
Rafael Furcal was an annual Marlin-killer as a Brave, with a slick glove, and having been removed from a year of play while watching the Cardinals make their run he is in a position to help the Fish improve their defense and getting on base. Both of these moves are clear upgrades at the moment, despite Furcal’s age (36) he projects to be a stop-gap measure should Derek Dietrich prove ready to take over.
Now for the questionable moves:
The Logan Morrison trade was regarded with great hope and anticipation by Marlin fans. The Fish need a solution at 3B and it was hoped that LoMo would net a possible asset. With the market being set and takers getting their pieces, and Morrison’s recent performances lowering his value, it didn’t seem there was much hope for a serious return. In Carter Capps the Marlins get a young reliever who can light up the radar gun, plus team control for another 5 years. Capps was also pegged as the Mariners’ closer of the future. Considering those two aspects, perhaps the Marlins got a pretty decent deal. The guys over at Fishstripes seem to be pretty positive about the move. When you consider the signing of Garrett Jones and the acquisition of Capps for Morrison, the Fish are actually ponying up more money to get a more consistent bat over Morrison and another solid reliever to add to the bullpen.
— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) December 12, 2013
Report: Marlins boost bullpen while Mariners boost lineup http://t.co/znY8evL7yP
— Andrew Vigliotti (@Andrew_Vig) December 11, 2013
Carter Capps, acquired for L. Morrison, is a hard throwing reliever (105 K in 80 minor league innings).Was 3-3 with 5.49ERA for Seattle 2013
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 11, 2013
Capps may help replace the departed Ryan Webb – that is, if the Marlins are unable to bring him back despite non-tendering him.
Then there is the Brian Bogusevic for Justin Ruggiano switch. What the Marlins essentially did was allocate the money for Rooge to other places and assets. They get a player in Bogusevic who has a similar skill set and is a bit younger.
“It just allows us to reallocate those dollars,” Hill said of the difference in salary between the two players. “Given the fact we’re going to go with the kids in the outfield as everyday players, we didn’t want to allocate dollars that we had in that role on Ruggiano. We wanted to spend it elsewhere.”
Hill also said that the Marlins “felt like Ruggiano’s power probably wouldn’t play out as well in a reserve role. So we wanted to get a more functional bat.”