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UPDATE: Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to Padres for two relievers

Nov 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Well, the Marlins may have the bullpen help they were looking for. According to Krasovic, the Marlins will acquire right-handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica from the Padres in exchange for Maybin.

Webb, who turns 25 in February, posted a 2.90 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio over 59 innings with the Padres this past season. Acquired from the A’s in the Scott Hairston trade last July, Webb was fifth among MLB relievers in 2010 with a groundball rate of 62.3 percent.

Mujica finally realized his potential after coming over from the Indians in the spring of 2009, posting a 3.80 ERA in 126 appearances over the past two seasons. The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.62 ERA to go along with a stingy 72/6 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings this past season. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Either pitcher could be a potential closer.

The Padres still managed to keep Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams, so while a trade involving Heath Bell now looks less likely, it isn’t completely out of the question.

4:00 PM: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, the Marlins have traded Maybin to the Padres, pending a physical. No word yet on who the Marlins received in return.

3:28 PM: A source tells Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that Maybin “will be traded” and that a deal between the Marlins and Padres is “getting close.”

Passan adds that the Marlins were talking to the Royals about Alex Gordon earlier, though they apparently found a better offer from the Padres. With the Marlins looking for relief help, any chance Heath Bell could be one of the names on the table? Multi-player deal involving Dan Uggla? All speculation, but that’s what makes the Hot Stove so fun and ridiculous, after all.

1:26 PM: Frisaro adds that the Marlins have also spoken with the Royals about Maybin.

1:08 PM: The Marlins are discussing a trade that would send Cameron Maybin to the Padres, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Maybin was regarded as one of the top outfield prospects in the game when he was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Miguel Cabrera trade in December of 2007, but has failed to live up to the hype thus far, batting .257/.323/.391 with 12 homers, 43 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 557 plate appearances as a member of the Fish. He’ll go into spring training next season out of options.

Still, it’s not hard to see why the Padres would be interested. Despite his lack of polish at the plate, Maybin rates above average in center field according to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) and doesn’t turn 24 until next April.

Andrew Miller, another big piece of the Cabrera trade, was traded to the Red Sox last night.

  1. Lucas - Nov 13, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    With the trade of Andrew Miller (the other main player acquired from the Tigers in the Cabrera trade), is this an admission that they didn’t do well at all with the trade? I’ll admit, I’m a Tigers fan, but I was in the vast minority thinking that neither of these guys would pan out and that we made a considerable steal with this trade (even with the albatross named Dontrelle attached)…I know they’re both young still, but it looks like those of us in the minority were right so far a couple years after the trade, especially if they are being shipped off by FLA.

    • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2010 at 10:55 PM

      We’ll leave the jury out on Maybin for another season.

      However, I think you’re missing a major point on what I think was the destruction of Andrew Miller by the cheapskate McLoria regime. He wasn’t ready for the show but the Feesh stuck him in there anyway, hoping the phenom would take the stink…er, sting…out of salary-dumping Cabrera. When he didn’t – when he went into battle looking like a deer in the headlights of a Mack double semi on an interstate highway at three AM and his confidence was being beaten out of him start after start, the Feesh brain trust (which is beginning to sound oxymoronic) stubbornly refused to send him down for seasoning until he had been reduced to pitching batting practice as a mop-up reliever. Anything to avoid spending some real money on a real starter. Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua ruined this kid, and if he’d been an even slightly lower profile prospect the pucker-pocketed son of a bitch would have sold him for ethanol instead of trading him. It may well be that he wouldn’t have panned out anyway but all you had to do was to study the look on his face when they sent him up against Pujols and Ryan Howard and Chipper Jones to see that he was just a nervous kid not ready for prime time.

      • Lucas - Nov 13, 2010 at 11:56 PM

        Gator, I’m not saying that they couldn’t still pan out, they’re both still young. But, if you look at it 3 years later and see that essentially the Fish got Edward Mujica, Ryan Webb and Dustin Richardson and some other guys who never panned out and/or are still in the minors for Miguel Cabrera, don’t you think that’s pretty much an epic fail on their part?

      • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2010 at 12:35 PM

        Look, there was no way that with that pinchpenny philosophy of theirs driving the deal from day one that they weren’t going to fail on an epic scale even if, say, they had gotten moderately successful results from those kids. Of course it failed. The question is, why? It’s not as if they selected prospects who didn’t look like they had solid upsides. But It was a salary dump thinly disguised as a blockbuster raid on the Tigers’ stock of EYPs. I don’t think either of them were ever put in a position where they could maximize their talents and develop properly. Maybin had the ghost of Miggie looking over his shoulder from the git-go. A couple of seasons back they let him sit on the bench for six weeks or so staring at his shoes when he should have been back down in AAA working on issues. Go figure that one out. Even so, at this point it would surprise me much less if Maybin suddenly developed some traction than if Miller turned himself around; I think, as I said, the Feesh ruined Miller. He’d need a soul transplant to believe in himself again.

  2. mvd513 - Nov 14, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Seems like they’ve pretty much turned Miguel Cabrera into 3 relievers. Wow.

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