Brian Flynn, one of the last pieces from the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante deal with the Tigers, has been traded away to Kansas City for reliever Aaron Crow. Included in the deal was converted infielder turned reliever, Reid Redman.
Flynn was targeted as a promisingl starter. At 6’7″ the lefty looked imposing on the mound and despite great promise in 2013, he took some steps back in 2014. His ERA rose from 2.08 to 4.06 at AAA New Orleans; is WHIP also shot up some 30 points. His mechanics were a bit tangled and there seemed to be a dip in his velocity and command as well.
In Aaron Crow, the Marlins are getting a once promising front line starter prospect who has also shown a declining trend. Some note his declining velocity which was never below 94.9 MPH through his first three seasons (2011-2013) but this past season it has been averaging 92.0 MPH. It has been noted that his drop in velocity could be attributed to pitching to contact early in the count.
That said, the Marlins see enough in the former rookie all-star (back in 2011) to pull the trigger on a deal. They like Crow for his flexibility in that he could pitch out of the pen or even give it a go as a starter. What Crow does do is give the Marlins more big league depth and also could spell a starter in the rotation if needed. Flynn could still pan out as he gets his mechanics back in order. He will have trouble breaking in as a reliever given the depth of the Royals bullpen, but could see some time as a starter considering the loss of James Shields.