Marlins kept calm and traded on during deadline frenzy
The trade rumors swirled around Marlins Park like a tropical storm that passes by quickly only for another one to later follow.
Marlins general manager Michael Hill mentioned before that he planned on fielding offers to gage the value of his controllable assets. Relievers were a hot commodity and the Cleveland Indians trading their top prospect to the San Diego Padres for closer Brad Hand earlier in the month of July set the market price.
Instead the Marlins stuck to their plan and traded veterans Brad Ziegler to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cameron Maybin to the Seattle Mariners.
Each trade brought in a prospect and international bonus pool money that is likely meant to help the Marlins reel in top Cuban prospect Victor Victor Mesa. Both Arizona and Seattle will pick up the remainder of the veterans respective contracts, saving the Marlins $4 million.
“I appreciate both of those guys and what they’ve been able to do for us,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the veterans. “Cam has been a great guy in our clubhouse. Just a good leader for our young guys. Zieg, obviously, has been really good here in this latest stretch.”
Ziegler is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed going into last season. He started off slow and lost his closer role to Kyle Barraclough. Since then he has been one of the best relievers in baseball. He has an 0.68 ERA in July over 13.1 innings pitched and a 1.23 ERA over 29 1/3 innings in his last 30 appearances, with a WHIP of 1.02.
Ziegler returns to the Diamondbacks, adding to a bullpen that has the lowest ERA in the National League at 3.07 entering Tuesday. The D-Backs also traded for Texas Rangers reliever Jake Diekman, who hopped on the bullpen cart traveling from the visitors’ clubhouse to the home clubhouse at Chase Field.
The last time the Diamondbacks made acquired Ziegler in a trade was 2011, which ended with a NL West title. They are currently leading the division by 0.5 games after defeating the Rangers 6-0 on Tuesday.
The Marlins got back reliever Tommy Eveld, who was recently promoted to Double-A after posting a 1.24 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 36.1 innings at the California League. A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Eveld struck out 137 batters in 100 career Minor League outings this season. Keeping up with the athlete theme of the Derek Jeter approach of player scouting, Eveld was also a walk-on with the football team at the University of South Florida as a quarterback and wide receiver.
In return for Maybin, the Marlins received infield prospect Bryson Brigman. The Mariners selected Brigman in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft. The 23-year-old compiled a slash line of .304/.373/.391 with 13 doubles, seven triples, two home runs and 38 RBIs for the Modesto Nuts of the California League.
This is the third trade the Marlins made with the Mariners in the last 12 months. In total, the Mariners received Maybin, second baseman Dee Gordon and relief pitcher David Phelps for Brigman, Brayan Hernandez, Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez, Lukas Schiraldi, Nick Neidert, Christopher Torres and Robert Dugger. All but Schiraldi are among the Marlins Top-30 prospects list, according to MLB Pipeline.