With their outfield switching nearly every game, the Miami Marlins have looked to use MLB’s trade deadline to solidify its line-up a bit more.
They’ve done exactly that, trading for outfielder Starling Marte from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for starting pitchers Caleb Smith and Humberto Mejia, in addition to another prospect to be named at a later date.
Marte heads to South Beach with a solid resume entering the 2020 season, recording a .311 average with 23 RBI’s.
A Gold Glove award winner in 2015 and 2016, along with an All-Star appearance, Marte has been with the Pittsburgh Pirates for eight seasons and with the Diamondbacks for just 29 games. He’ll look to join the credible Marlins outfield, which includes Corey Dickerson, Lewis Brinson and Matt Joyce.
Caleb Smith is the big-name player leaving the 305 in this deal. Having played just one game this year – a loss – and still remaining on the IL with COVID-19 related issues, it’s not difficult to understand why the move was made.
In his career, Smith has pitched in 54 games, accumulating 277 strikeouts.
Mejia, who’s also going out west to Arizona, was a prospect called up after several pitchers were put on the IL earlier in the season. Mejia is a rookie this season, playing in three games, all resulting in losses.
He’s got a 5.40 ERA with eight strikeouts.
So what does this mean for Miami?
With two starters in Smith and Mejia on their way to Arizona, that most likely means that Sixto Sanchez and Trevor Rodgers are going to stay in the rotation for the 2020 season.
Both Sixto and Rodgers have two games under their belts.
With the addition of Marte, Miami has secured a definite starter and big hitter in the lineup. This means more hits, more runs, more defensive plays and possibly more wins for the Fish.