That Marlins handles outfielder starling mars to athletics, a source confirmed to Athletics‘s Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday afternoon before the teams made it official. In return, Oakland sends left-handed Jesus Luzardo to Miami, a major draw for a rental. The addition of Luzardo only increases the Marlins’ pitch depth, and the team seeks to make some of it an offense.
It’s not often that Marlins effectively buy talent (Luzardo) by including about $ 4.5 million to cover the salary of a player they have traded (Marte). It speaks to A’s tight economy and perhaps a diminished perception of Luzardo that they were willing to enter into such an agreement.
Marte, a one-time All-Star, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Pirates before handing him over to the Diamondbacks in January 2020. Arizona then sent him to Miami by last year’s trade deadline. In 63 games with the Marlins this season, Marte cut down .306 / .407 / .453 by seven homers and 25 RBIs. He spent time about a month on the injured list earlier this season after suffering a broken rib.
Eno Sarris, author of baseball analysis: By things and command, Luzardo (6.87 ERA in 13 appearances and six starts this season) is exactly average. Adding a hard-breaking ball or using slings less can improve things a bit, but to be much better he needs to change the shape of his four-seater. Good move for a landlord – mainly because athletics asked the Marlins to pay the bill – but there is some work to be done to get Luzardo back on track. Work that will take an offseason. An offseason that could bring a lot of changes to this (currently) Oakland organization.
Steve Berman, Athletics beat author: I did not think the A’s would share with Luzardo, but part of me can not blame them. Luzardo was fantastic at the start, so the league caught up with him and started taking him deeply consistently. Then the hand injury led to video games and his complete inability to keep the ball in the park to a relegation. He had made a couple of decent starts in Las Vegas, and now he’s gone.
Jim Bowden, National Author: Marlins general manager Kim Ng has officially made his first big trade and gets an A for this one. Impressive. It’s a big get at the Marlins that lands Luzardo in two months of Marte. The trade also increases the values for Max Scherzer, Trevor Story and Kris Bryant and changes the trading market for rental players in 2021.
Melissa Lockard, staff editor and author: I’m not sure what I should think of this trade, to be honest. Happy for Jesús, who comes on the field close to home. Marte is clearly making the A’s better this season. Whether that’s enough to make them the right title providers, we’ll see. If they move, then I guess who cares about 2023?
– Ken Rosenthal contributed to this post
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