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Jorge Julio Swapped For Byung-Hyun Kim

As you may have heard by now, a couple of down-and-out pitchers were swapped today as the Marlins sent Jorge Julio to the Rockies for Byung-Hyun Kim.

The hurlers have a lot in common - both are free agents after the season, and the Marlins and Rockies were each on the hook for $2.5MM in salary.  Plus, both had fallen out of favor with their respective teams.

The Rockies already have a strong duo for the eighth and ninth innings - Manny Corpas and Brian Fuentes.  Dan O'Dowd decided to buy low on Julio, a fairly young reliever whose results never seem to match his stuff.  From the gist of the MLB.com article, it sounds like O'Dowd worked the phones for months trying to get something interesting for Kim and Julio was the best he could do.

This could be one of those deals that works for both sides, as I've considered Kim a bit of a sleeper in recent years.  The sidearmer had a decent 7.5 K/9 last year, but still posted a 5.57 ERA in 27 starts.  If the Marlins can help him regain the control he had in '02-03, he could be a pleasant surprise.  And what pitcher wouldn't want to switch from Coors Field to Dolphins Stadium?  Coors inflates homers by 12%, while Dolphins Stadium deflates them by 9% (according to the Bill James Handbook).  While there are no public plans for it right now, Kim could end up closing for the Fish if current options don't pan out.

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I would hope he isn't in line for a try at closer, it seems to be someone who only sort of follows the Marlins that Henry Owens or Matt Lindstrom are probably the best options at closer, with Tankserley? being setup.

Plus when the difference isn't great, wouldn't you go with youth? since they are the future of the club?

Plus, I have Owens in my fantasy teams, got him before the Marlins traded for Julio, now i am getting reward, it would be a shame for that to stop.

And isn't fantasy the most important thing here?

I think it's a good trade for the Marlins if they plan to use him as a starter. I honestly don't understand why they would use him as their closer however. He lost it after that Yankees series. They already have a bunch of guys more capable of closing than Kim, so why delay the inevitable?

From Petit to Julio to Kim?

Well, that went well.

Julio has has cost the marlins 4-5 games already this year. I still cant believe they played that half of an inning saterday night at 2 AM in the middle of the pouring rain, poor tankersly. God I hate Jorge Julio.


Owens is injured right now, along with half of the marlins team unfortunately. But the Martinez kid will be back soon and they really like him for closer

I like this trade for the Marlins. Kim has occasional HR problems and the move from Coors to Florida will be a big help. They would be smart to give him a shot at the #5 spot immediately to see what he can do. His K-rate is strong enough to expect some success and he should be, at worst, a decent innings-eater. Only time will tell.

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