Tag:Andrew Miller
Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:31 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 7:34 pm

Looking back at Marlins-Tigers blockbuster

Apparently the Marlins are trying to exorcize the demons of a 2007 trade in one fell swoop.

They have confirmed their trade today of outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Padres, a day after they traded pitcher Andrew Miller to the Red Sox. Maybin and Miller were the two major prospects Florida got back on December 4, 2007, when they sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers.

Going into the winter meetings, there was talk the Marlins could be looking to deal one of their stars, knowing they wouldn't be able to afford to keep them in free agency. But few expected both of them to move, and nobody anticipated both of them going to the same team in one deal. And the Tigers hadn't been considered a front-line option for either.

The Angels came close to getting Cabrera. They hit an impasse with the Angels offering Howie Kendrick and Jeff Mathis, plus a choice of one of three starting pitchers: Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders and Nick Adenhart. The Marlins wanted two of the three, and the deal broke down. Think throwing in Willis might have enabled them to get both Santana and Saunders, who have both since been All-Stars and gone 83-56? We'll never know.

What the Marlins did get for Cabrera and Willis was a six-team package of prospects headlined by Detroit's top draft picks from 2005 (Maybin) and 2006 (Wright), plus Dallas Trahern, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio de la Cruz and Mike Rabelo.

Just for fun, let's look at what became (so far) of everyone in that blockbuster:


* IF Miguel Cabrera: He was one of the game's best hitters then, and he still is. In three seasons since the trade he has batted .314/.388/.567 with 109 home runs and 356 RBI. Led the league in homers in 2008, and in 2010 led in RBI and on-base percentage.

* LHP Dontrelle Willis: The Marlins definitely sold high on Willis. At the time of the trade he was a two-time All-Star who had won at least 10 games in each of his first five seasons, but his career quickly came off the rails from there. He's started just 27 games in the ensuing three years, going 3-9 with a 6.86 ERA. He was traded to the Diamondbacks, who released him after a month, and is currently in the Giants' minor-league system.

Cameron Maybin TO MARLINS

* OF Cameron Maybin (pictured): Still just 23, the supremely talented Maybin hasn't hit his stride, in part because the Marlins didn't handle him very well. Since the trade, he's got 557 plate appearances, roughly the equivalent of a full season, and a line of .257/.323/.391 with 12 homers, 43 RBI and 14 steals. He's a serviceable major-league player, but not yet the star he was projected to be.

* LHP Andrew Miller: The big lefty hasn't figured it out yet, struggling with control and consistency. He's gone 10-20 in the past three years with a 5.89 ERA and found himself out of Florida's plans this year, spending most of the season in the minors.

* RHP Dallas Trahern: Has not appeared in a major-league game. He spent 2008-09 at Triple-A, posting an ERA over 6.00 both years, and missed 2010 after Tommy John surgery.

* RHP Burke Badenhop: Has appeared in 101 games the past three years for the Marlins, including 10 starts and 25 games finished.

* RHP Eulogio de la Cruz: Pitched nine innings for the Tigers in 2008, was sold to the Padres in 2009, and released by the Padres at the end of that season. He played in Japan in 2010.

* C Mike Rabelo: Played a handful of games in Miami in 2008 and played just nine games in 2009 before being released. The Tigers brought him back on a minor-league deal at the start of 2010 and released him in July.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 4:34 pm

Marlins shopping Uggla, Maybin

Dan Uggla
The Marlins have wasted no time turning up the burner on their hot stove. On Friday, they moved underachieving lefty Andrew Miller to the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Dustin Richardson. Now there are rumors all over the place about other deals they're looking at.

Second baseman Dan Uggla, entering his final arbitration year, reportedly rejected an offer of four years and $48 million. The Marlins may have decided they're not going to be able to sign him and are better off moving him while they can.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are shopping Uggla and have had contact with the Tigers and two unidentified National League teams. The Marlins are in need of bullpen help and a catcher.

Uggla, 30, is probably going to get about $10 million in arbitration after batting .287/.369/.508 with 33 homers, becoming the first second baseman in history with four consecutive 30-homer seasons.

The question is whether Uggla would sign an extension as part of a trade. Even if he wouldn't, if I'm a contender I might take a chance on one year with him at $10 million. You can still work on a multi-year deal, and even if you don't work it out, you can collect two high draft picks when he leaves as a likely Type A free agent.

Today, Frisaro reported (via Twitter) that Florida is discussing a trade with the Padres involving Cameron Maybin. Not sure what the details are there, but I don't exactly look at the Padres and think, "You know, what this team needs is a .234-hitting outfielder!" OK, so Maybin is young and still has a high upside, but if the Padres are shopping closer Heath Bell (who you'd think would be the Marlins' target), they might be able to do better. Frisaro said the Marlins also have talked with the Royals about Maybin.

UPDATE: Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse is reporting via Twitter that the Padres have acquired Maybin pending a physical. No word yet on who would be going to Florida.

UPDATE: It looks like relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica are the players going to Florida. Both are quality young arms -- Webb had a 2.90 ERA in 54 appearances with 15 games finished last season, while Mujica had a 3.62 in 59 appearances with 24 games finished.

UPDATE: Juan C. Rodriguez, who covers the Marlins for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, says the Marlins will get Mujica and either Webb or Ernesto Frieri.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:42 pm

Red Sox trade for Marlins' Miller

Andrew Miller
The Red Sox have decided to take on a project two other organizations have been unable to complete: turning Andrew Miller's potential into big-league success.

Boston traded reliever Dustin Richardson to Florida on Friday in exchange for Miller, the former first-round pick who has washed out in Detroit and Miami. Miller, a 6-foot-7 left-hander selected out of the University of North Carolina with the sixth pick in the 2006 draft, is 15-26 with a 5.84 ERA in 79 major-league appearances. He spent most of the 2010 season at Triple-A, not appearing in the majors until August 18 and making just nine appearances.

Miller is still just 25, and scouts still see potential there, perhaps in a relief role, if he can establish consistent control as he matures. Richardson, also a tall left-hander, appeared in 26 games out of the bullpen for Boston last season. The 26-year-old had a 4.15 ERA and walked 14 batters in 13 innings.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 11:33 pm

Knee surgery for Marlins' Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco
All signs pointed to Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco being done for the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, and Fox Sports Florida is reporting via Twitter that he'll undergo surgery and miss the rest of the year.

Nolasco tore the medial meniscus on August 17 while tying his shoes, and was shelled the only time he's taken the mound since. He'll finish the season 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA in 26 starts. He has won at least 10 games in each of his four full major-league seasons.

Left-hander Andrew Miller will take Nolasco's scheduled start Friday against the Braves.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 7:11 pm

Nolasco may have torn meniscus

Ricky Nolasco The good news?

The Marlins have expressed interest in signing pitcher Ricky Nolasco to a long-term extension.

The bad?

Nolasco will likely be scratched from his scheduled start Sunday and is undergoing tests to see if he has a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to MLB.com. If so, the righty would be out for the season and finish 2010 with a 14-8 record and 4.22 ERA in 155 2/3 innings. Nolasco has been the team's second-best starter right behind Josh Johnson, so losing him for the rest of the year would be a blow as the team scrapes to finish above .500.

If Nolasco does indeed have a torn meniscus, all extension talks would be tabled until he proves his health. At 27, Nolasco has two more years of arbitration to go before becoming a free agent. Making $3.8 million, his price tag figures to rise quickly, even factoring in a torn meniscus.

To replace Nolasco, the team may elect to tab Andrew Miller for a couple of spot starts until Sean West can return from the disabled list. Currently filling in for West is 21-year-old Alejandro Sanabia, who twirled a gem on Thursday.

Miller was a former top prospect included in the Miguel Cabrera swap. The Marlins gave him 187 1/3 innings across the last two seasons but he only managed a 5.43 ERA, whiffing 7.1 batters per nine and walking 4.8. In 18 Triple-A starts, he posted a 6.01 ERA, whiffing seven and walking 6.4 batters per nine.

That is not a recipe for success.

Miller is already in the big leagues, recalled on Thursday to provide bullpen depth, so it would be simple for the team to slot Miller into the rotation. Whether they should is another question entirely.

-- Evan Brunell

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