After the Holliday blockbuster last night, another trade has happened. The Marlins have traded Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen to the Nationals for second base prospect Emilio Bonifacio and 2 other minor leaguers, shortstop Jake Smolinski and pitcher PJ Dean. The Marlins needed to clear salary this offseason, and they have done that by trading Mike Jacobs, Willingham, and Olsen already. I’m going to say it right away: the Nationals won this trade by a large margin. Willingham is a solid left field option; Olsen is an OK #4 starter. They gave up only Emilio Bonifacio whom is probably going to become the Willy Tavares of second base, a middling pitching prospect, and a decent shortstop prospect. Finally, a good move by Jim Bowden. I have no idea what the Marlins were thinking on this trade. I’m not upset they traded Olsen; he had to go. I’m not thrilled with it but I can understand why they traded Willingham. I’m more angry that they didn’t get anything back they could use. Current second base prospect Chris Coghlan is just as good if not better than Bonifacio. With Hanley Ramirez locked in at shortstop, there’s no need for Smolinski. The pitching prospect is decent, but that’s all they could use in this deal. To me this was a waste of players by the Marlins. It was clearly a payroll motivated move. The two good things we can take from this is that the trading season has officially started, and that Jim Bowden is not mentally insane. At least, I don’t think so.
It is known that the Indians could look to trade catcher Kelly Shoppach this offseason. The reasoning is to improve one of their holes while keeping Victor Martinez behind the plate. Then, they could either give Ryan Garko another shot at first base, or they could sign a free agent like Jason Giambi. They’re looking for a veteran starting pitcher, a late inning reliever, and an infield bat. The Reds, Red Sox, Tigers, and Marlins are possibilities for Shoppach. How about Bronson Arroyo and cash from the Reds for Shoppach? I favor the Reds a bit in this trade, but it still makes sense. The Reds would replace Arroyo with Homer Baily. The Red Sox could offer a young pitcher like Michael Bowden, but that’s if the Indians would accpet a young pitcher in return. I have no idea what the Tigers could offer. They don’t have anything the Indians want, and their in the same division. The Marlins make the most sense to me. They could fill two of the Indians holes easily. Kelly Shoppach for Kevin Gregg and Scott Olsen. The Indians bring in a verteran starter to add a bit more depth to their rotation. Gregg is a solid, cheap closer. The costs of all combined would probably only equal about an extra 5 million for the Tribe. So that would leave them with 10 million to sign a big infield bat through free agency. This trade makes sense for the Fish, too. They cut 10 million in salary between this trade and the Mike Jacobs deal, as well as open up a spot for prospects Chris Coghlan and Andrew Miller. Kevin Gregg wasn’t a necessary part of this team because of all the other bullpen talent on their team. The best part about it is that they can fill their weakest link last year: catcher. I like this trade for both teams.
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I am going to make a trade market post, where I put down all the meaningful players on the trade block. I will put this in order of how good the players are the same way I did it in the Free Agent Market series. There will be a link on the players I have done in my player market series. Any player already traded will be underlined. This will be a sidebar link.
- Bengie Molina
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia
- Gerald Laird
- Kelly Shoppach (If the Indians keep Victor Martinez at catcher)
- Ramon Hernandez
- Prince Fielder
- Ryan Howard
- Mike Jacobs
- Garret Atkins
- Dan Uggla
- Brian Roberts
- Kelly Johnson (Only if Braves rebuild)
- JJ Hardy
- Jack Wilson
- Matt Holliday
- Rick Ankiel
- Randy Winn
- Josh Willingham
- Juan Pierre
- David DeJesus
- Rick Ankiel
- Randy Winn
- Juan Pierre
- Brian Giles (Only if the club option gets picked up)
- Rick Ankiel
- Randy Winn
- Roy Halladay (Only in the Blue Jays decide to rebuild)
- Jake Peavy (Only if blown away)
- Zack Greinke (Only if blown away)
- Matt Cain (Only if blown away)
- Nick Blackburn (Only for a good, young hitter)
- Edwin Jackson (Only him or Sonnanstine)
- Jonathan Sanchez (Only for a good, young, hitter)
- Andy Sonnanstine (Only him or Jackson)
- Scott Olsen
- Huston Street
- George Sherrill
- Ron Mahay
- Kevin Gregg
- BJ Ryan
You can see there are not many so far. I will update this as I think of more.
I am making a new series here on All Baseball All the Time. It is called the offseason plan series. I will go through all thirty teams and put on my GM hat. Today I will start with the Florida Marlins.
The penny pinching Marlins could be set for another fire sale this offseason. You may wonder why, as they are an above five hundred team and possibly could get better. Their owners do not like spending money, however. There projected payroll with many arbitration eligible players is about 58 million. I’m sure they would like to lower that to at least 50 million, probably less. And they still need a catcher. They could also use a cheap left reliever to replace Arthur Rhodes in the offseason. This is a list predicting the amount players will earn in arb. I think Scott Olsen should be moved to open up a spot for Andrew Miller. Mike Jacobs should also be traded. The Marlins have to many low average high power type players. They can spare him becasue the Marlins have a good second base prospect in Chris Coghlan. They can move Jorge Cantu to first base, and Dan Uggla to third base. That would improve the defense at third, first, and second base. Also, they get some speed in the lineup from Coghlan. Also, if the above list is correct, they shave 5 million off their payroll. They need to move an outfielder to open up a spot for Cameron Maybin. The least talented is Cody Ross, so I say move him. That’s another 1.5 million, only 1.5 left untill they are at 50. Since it is such a small number, they could just move fringe guys like Alfredo Amezaga and Sergio Mitre, whom are easily replacable. For the return in trades, I think they could get Gerald Laird from the Rangers. Maybe the Marlins throw in an extra prospect or 2 to get the Rangers to eat all of Laird’s contract. Jacobs could go to a team like the Angels if they fail to resign Teixera. The Marlins would likely ask for a prospect in return. Ross, Amezaga, and Mitre could be dealt for mid-to-low-level prospects. This is my offseason plan for the Florida Marlins.