Marlins Acquire Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez For Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Comp Pick

The Marlins have announced a multi-player trade with the Astros that will bring starter Jarred Cosart, shortstop Enrique Hernandez, and outfielder Austin Wates to Miami in exchange for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes, and the Marlins’ 2015 compensation pick.

MLB: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox

In short, both of baseball’s worst teams from 2013 have shuffled a series of young players in a deal that could have wide-ranging repercussions for both franchises. Miami was said to be chasing a young arm, and that’s exactly what they got. But it came at a fairly steep price.

In Cosart, the Marlins are getting a pitcher who came to Houston in the 2011 Hunter Pence deal and has blossomed somewhat in the last two seasons. The 24-year-old has a 4.41 ERA through 116 1/3 frames with 5.8 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9 and a sterling 56.5% groundball rate. That has been good for a 4.02 FIP, 4.28 xFIP, and 4.42 SIERA — hardly ace-level numbers, to be sure, but useful and promising enough given his age. Of course, much of Cosart’s value lies in the fact that he will not even be eligible for arbitration until 2017.

Miami also added some other useful pieces in the trade. Hernandez reached the big leagues this year at just 22 years of age, and owns an impressive .284/.348/.420 slash line through 89 plate appearances. He had slashed .336/.379/.503 in the upper minors, which itself represented a major step up in his results for the youngster. Wates, 25, is something of an on-base machine: he owns a .303/.381/.415 career triple-slash in the minors. Though he does not bring much power to the table, he does have 31 stolen bases this year in his first extended action at Triple-A.

For Houston, the deal brought a variety of goodies in return. Moran was the 6th overall pick in last year’s draft, and numerous reports suggest that he was seriously under consideration with the Astros’ first overall selection. Though he has not exactly dominated at High-A at age 21 (.294/.342/.393), he is not far removed from the amateur ranks and has plenty of time to develop.

Marisnick, meanwhile, is expected to slot right into the club’s lineup. A perennial top-100 prospect who was somewhat blocked in Miami, he has struggled in limited MLB exposure (.183/.231/.248 line in 169 total plate appearances). But the right-handed hitting outfielder, still only 23, has a .277/.326/.434 line in his 377 Triple-A plate appearances.

And then there is the compensation pick, which will come in the first available slot and carries a good bit of value (delivering immense flexibility to a Houston club that will have two high first-round choices next year). The final piece, Martes, is just 18 years old. The Dominican native has worked at the Rookie level this year, tossing 29 innings of 4.97 ERA ball and working both in relief and as a starter.

Brian McTaggart (via Twitter) first reported the deal. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (via Twitter), Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter), and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter) all reported details of the players involved.


123 Responses to Marlins Acquire Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez For Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Comp Pick Leave a Reply

  1. Ray Ray 11 months ago

    Fast and furious last few minutes of the deadline.

  2. Jeff Miller 11 months ago

    The Pence trades just keep on giving…

    • StantonLikeMyDaddy 11 months ago

      BEST comment ever

    • philliesfan136 11 months ago

      Thanks for reminding us..

      • mlbaustin 11 months ago

        Maybe that’s why RAJ didn’t do anything.

        • sascoach2003 11 months ago

          Anyone else get the image of RAJ today being like the brothers at the end of “Trading Places”? Trying to sell off players with huge contracts for nothing at the very end?

    • Phillyfan425 11 months ago

      Ehh, I’m (personally) pretty low on Cosart. He seems to have lost his strikeout stuff, and is still walking a ton of guys. He may turn it around, but I don’t see him as this dominant pitcher that he was once touted as.

      • Jeff Miller 11 months ago

        I don’t either, but those trades will haunt us. I was fine with acquiring Pence, but when they moved him a year later for 30 cents on the dollar to avoid paying a $1M or so luxury tax fee, it made the whole thing 10 kinds of awful.

        • Phillyfan425 11 months ago

          I actually have no problem with the haul we gave away for Pence (they may have been separately used to get better pieces, but I don’t think they are all that great of players – they fit the Phils mold of “talented athletes” trying to play baseball). Like you said, the trading him away to save a luxury tax (and getting much, much less in return) is the bigger issue.

  3. Jeff Miller 11 months ago

    The Pence trades just keep on giving…

  4. Tyler Brigham 11 months ago

    this is surprising. i wonder who the astros got for him

  5. mlbaustin 11 months ago

    Good for the Marlins. I sort of have a crush on this team.

    • letsgogiants 11 months ago

      I would too if it weren’t for Loria and Sampson.

      Early on, though, they were reminding me a bit of the 2012 A’s: A young team that has fun on the field and in the dugout.

    • letsgogiants 11 months ago

      I would too if it weren’t for Loria and Sampson.

      Early on, though, they were reminding me a bit of the 2012 A’s: A young team that has fun on the field and in the dugout.

  6. ray_derek 11 months ago

    Big splash there fish

  7. Ace2095 11 months ago

    I like this trade for the Marlins, if they didn’t give up that much that is.

  8. No Baseball In Indiana 11 months ago

    From one excellent organization to another, ouch.

  9. letsgogiants 11 months ago

    This definitely fits what the Marlins are looking for: Young pitching that is cost controlled that can help the team both now and in the future. Depending on who the Marlins give up, Cosart will be a nice compliment to Fernandez, Alvarez, and Heaney in 2015.

    • Eric 11 months ago

      “Oh my, Jose, you are so dreamy!”

      “Nice walk rate, Henderson.”

    • Baloo 11 months ago

      I think Eovaldi can still bloom into a big leaguer, or at least a solid bullpen arm. Dude throws straight heat.

  10. Tyler Jedrzejak 11 months ago

    next years rotation for the marlins will be pretty sound and promising.

  11. Paul Ryan Stivender 11 months ago

    McTaggartt also says Kiké Hernandez is going too. It may be Stanton. Who knows?

  12. Ray Ray 11 months ago

    Jake Marisnick going to Astros

    • BaseballBeisbol 11 months ago

      Sweet get for the Astros.

      • Ray Ray 11 months ago

        Even better, they got Moran too, former top 10 pick.

        • BaseballBeisbol 11 months ago

          Makes it even sweeter. Head scratcher for the Marlins. I think there were better pitchers available for that price. They must have really wanted the extra years of control for Cosart.

          • Ray Ray 11 months ago

            I think that’s what they were going for. They were also rumored with Wade Miley. Team control would (and should) definitely be important for a team like the Marlins.

          • abanda12 11 months ago

            well after they lost in every single other starting pitcher they got desperate and made sure they got cosart, look like more than the Marlins wanted his services but they gave the best offer

  13. Ace2095 11 months ago

    Moran is a very nice add for the Astros.

    • chicothekid 11 months ago

      I saw Moran a few weeks ago in person. He reminded me very much of a David Wright like type hitter. Does not have a lot of power, but just hits and hits and hits. I think the Astros are going to be very happy with him in a few years. I can easily why the Marlins were willing to lose Marisnick, but this one is going to be painful.

      • Adam 11 months ago

        Moran has a great bat, but like his uncle he probably won’t hit for enough pop to make him a great player at a “power position”, I’m not happy to see the Marlins dump him, but he is a guy I see turning into a Bill Mueller-type.

      • Ace2095 11 months ago

        I remember hoping that he would fall to the Red Sox so that they could draft him and when the Marlins took him I was bummed out. I really like him and what he is able to bring to the table, I think he could be a mix between Altuve and Wright if that makes sense (Just without the steals of Altuve)

      • paqza 11 months ago

        Wright had much better numbers at the same levels. Much better.

  14. Rarth 11 months ago

    I hate to give up Cosart with his plus stuff and Kike after his hot start but we got a decent haul in this one.

    • BaseballBeisbol 11 months ago

      I’ve never seen this guy pitch, but his peripherals are fairly atrocious for someone I’d consider to have plus stuff. 116 IP, 51 BB, 75 Ks.

      • Rarth 11 months ago

        He definitely has premium stuff but hasn’t racked up the K’s at the major league level. Walks have been his weakness.

      • Rarth 11 months ago

        He definitely has premium stuff but hasn’t racked up the K’s at the major league level. Walks have been his weakness.

    • Anthony Rainier 11 months ago

      Cosart had to go, he was apparently not a personality the front office liked and the coaching staff wasn’t a fan either. I’m shocked Houston pulled this much talent for him. I think he’s a solid #4 starter at best.

      • Rarth 11 months ago

        I had heard rumblings of this as well. I’m more bullish on his potential but I agree we got a great haul. It goes to show the value of cost controlled, young SP

      • Bob 11 months ago

        Cosart was bordering on going back to Oklahoma City the past 4 starts. I think the Marlins were looking at a 2011 baseball america hand book

  15. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

    I saw that coming….. wait what…. the Marlins….. Buyers?

    • letsgogiants 11 months ago

      This is pretty much a deal for the future for both teams, as Cosart has had some ups and downs this season. This will be an interesting deal to revisit a couple years from now. Both teams got respectable returns.

  16. Adam 11 months ago

    The Marlins lose both Marisnick and Moran? Well that doesn’t make me happy.

    • Adam 11 months ago

      Two of our Top 10 Prospects for Cosart, not feeling that trade off.

      • Adam 11 months ago

        Wait, we got Austin Wates too?! Nevermind, here we come World Series!

      • Ray Ray 11 months ago

        Not to mention a draft pick and an 18 year old Dominican pitcher.

        • Adam 11 months ago

          Those are about as likely to pan out as a lotto ticket, but since it’s the Marlins, I’m sure Martes will win a Cy Young in 2018.

          • Ray Ray 11 months ago

            Technically the top 10 picks are lotto tickets as well. Actually they are probably more like lotto tickets with one guaranteed correct number.

      • Ray Ray 11 months ago

        Not to mention a draft pick and an 18 year old Dominican pitcher.

  17. Mikey Cooper 11 months ago

    Source: #Marlins are sending Collin Moran and Jake Marisnick and a comp pick to Astros according to source.

  18. sascoach2003 11 months ago

    Great haul for the Astros. I’ve seen Marisnick all year here in New Orleans and he’s got a tailor-made swing for Astros Stadium and that nice target in left-left center. Wishing him good luck, as he’s my favorite Zephyrs player

  19. Spencer James 11 months ago

    Meanwhile, the Phillies and RAJ are scratching their heads wondering how they didn’t get top tier prospects for Marlon Byrd.

    • Eric Mack 11 months ago

      I’m still laughing at RAJ not getting anything.

      • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

        Me too. The Phils and Fish have been absolute jokes this deadline. Well, the Phils are always jokes.

  20. coldgoldenfalstaff 11 months ago

    Interesting deal. I hate to see Cosart go, but to get two top prospects (including the #6 pick last year) and a competitive balance pick is a pretty solid haul.

  21. Neil Tatro 11 months ago

    what a steal by the astros..

  22. Beersy 11 months ago

    Good deal for both clubs, with a slight edge going to the Astros.

  23. abanda12 11 months ago

    Ill miss you cosart … seen u since you were in high school. Hope you have a great career with the marlins. Never forget who gave you your first shot in the big league :) goodbye. and kike you came out of no where and show us all that top prospects aren’t the only ones to show they deserve to be in the major league.

  24. LIMetfan22 11 months ago

    Marlins huge overpay. Love it

    • Guest 11 months ago

      Yeah now the Mets JUST might be able to pass them for third.

      • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

        They’re 1.5 games back. Nice burn

      • Cory Charles Allen 11 months ago

        The Marlins didn’t part with any ML players, and they added a ML starting pitcher and a decent player that can play at second base or in the outfield? We got better not worse(for this year at least)

        • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

          A starting pitcher with a 5.8 K/9 and a 4 FIP. Meanwhile, you gave up your 1st round pick from last year, plus a 4th outfielder with potential. Yeah you’re right, you got better.

          • Tim 11 months ago

            How’d the mets do?

          • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

            Well, they didn’t give up their 2013 1st round pick and Brandon Nimmo for a future reliever (most likely). I’d say that non-trade is pretty good.

          • Tim 11 months ago

            but they are close to winning and having a decent team?

          • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

            Kind of, yeah. Harvey/Wheeler/Thor/DeGrom/Niese next year is a damn good staff. Duda emerged and is now a top 10 first baseman in baseball. Grandy has done well, TdA re-emerged and has been one of the best hitters in base ball the past 5 weeks. The bullpen has become a strength. Just need to fill SS and/or LF with a league average or better player and the Mets are golden. Sorry :/

          • paqza 11 months ago

            Yes.

          • paqza 11 months ago

            Yes.

          • Metsfan27 11 months ago

            Better to make no moves than the wrong moves

          • Tim 11 months ago

            Better to have won in the last two decades then not at all….

          • Cory Charles Allen 11 months ago

            Moran hasn’t played up to his billing in the minors and has not developed power for a 3b. Marisnick has a strikeout problem and hasn’t done anything in his appearances in the big leagues. Cosart has great stuff, just needs to put it together. He’s moving from a hitters park to a pitchers park. I like this move

          • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

            A lot of pitchers had great stuff who never put it together. Cosart doesn’t strike people out, walks everyone, and is a 2 pitch pitcher.

            Also Moran projects to be a solid regular as a 3b in the majors. If he develops power then even better. Marisnick can be a good OF if he developed patience and such. The Marlins overpaid big time

          • Cory Charles Allen 11 months ago

            Futhermore, Moran is pretty bad defensively and is probably destined for 1b or a corner outfield spot with little power

          • Cory Charles Allen 11 months ago

            Moran defensively will not hold up at 3rd. I could see him being a 300. hitter with 10 homers a year.

          • Seamaholic 11 months ago

            I agree. This isn’t a bad deal for the Marlins. Most of the people commenting here have probably never seen any of these players, not even on TV. Moran is on the bust path (could change), Marisnick’s OK but probably a bench player.

          • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

            I’ve seen Jared Cossart pitch. He isn’t very good. Solid #4, at best.

          • mikecav19 11 months ago

            Hi, Astros fan here. He does have upside. Have fun with him. He is erratic and that rarely works out. Plus, have fun with the attitude. Don’t follow him on Twitter if you want rosy glasses.

          • Bob 11 months ago

            the draft pick was enough to warrant Cosart. As someone who watches the Astros everyday, Cosart was bordering on going to the bullpen last week. 2 former top 100 prospects and a comp pick? Come on

          • GetToTheChoppa 11 months ago

            They didn’t trade any young pieces for iffy MLB ready talent. Cosart wasn’t dealt because the Astros had a surplus. Cosart was dealt because he’s like Trevor bauer. Great talent horrible personality. Addition by subtraction for the Astros. Mets didn’t part with a former top 5 pick, top 100 prospect, and a draft pick for a guy who’s rough around the edges. I give it 2 years of losing before the marlins trade Cosart cause he’s a pain.

  25. abanda12 11 months ago

    But i understand why they did this. After not signing Aiken we needed to regain somewhat prospects that we lost in him and nix. I hope Brady joins a jr college and re enters the draft for then the astros get him and if we stay where we are at we also get the fourth or fifth pick in the draft. Not saying this will happen of course because well rangers i think u will have the first pick this year 😉 hehe

    • Phillyfan425 11 months ago

      In order to draft Brady next year, he’d have to approve being drafted by you guys (which after what happened, I’d bet against that).

      • abanda12 11 months ago

        Thing is then we just keep getting the next pick over and over again if he don’t sign. (that’s is he actually does keep retrying for the next four years of course and if somehow don’t get taken before we pick him every year )But if he don’t this next year then i bet we are moving on .

        • Phillyfan425 11 months ago

          No, you are just ineligible to draft him. It’s not “draft him and get the compensation pick if he doesn’t sign”. You aren’t allowed to pick him by MLB rules unless he allows it. Your “eligible draft pool” is the entire amateur group minus Aiken.

    • Anthony Rainier 11 months ago

      Aiken Will never ever pitch in a Houston uniform after that fiasco. Bridge is burnt and all other roads across the river are impassable.

      • abanda12 11 months ago

        Yeah most likely right . I would of taken the number 3 pick or koleck that kid can trow O_O and he is a texas native !

  26. Pei Kang 11 months ago

    good swap for the Astros.

  27. Paul Ryan Stivender 11 months ago

    Wates to Miami. Martes to Houston.

  28. yawn 11 months ago

    Atleast someone in Florida knows how to make a respectable trade.

  29. Bob 11 months ago

    did the Marlins even bother scouting Cosart the past month? Christ hes been awful. What a haul for a guy who is a future 8th inning reliever.

    • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

      Yeah he really isn’t very good. Strikeout rate is very discouraging.

    • mikecav19 11 months ago

      Ha, I think this is a terrible trade for Miami……but way better than what Tampa got for Price. Still shocked on that one.

  30. Unassisted Triple Play 11 months ago

    Wow guess they didn’t like what they saw out of Colin Moran! I thought he was supposed to have a Joey Votto comp attached to him. Guess that’s wrong!

  31. Bob 11 months ago

    that package couldve gotten a much better cost controlled pitcher than Jarred Cosart

    • abanda12 11 months ago

      yes but at this point who ? The marlins were desperate and decided to go all in for cosart.

      • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

        They chose a terrible pitcher to go all in on. But i’m not complaining :]

      • Bob 11 months ago

        anybody that wasnt bordering on being sent to the bullpen or triple the past month

  32. Jeff Snedden 11 months ago

    Astros are building a nice farm system. I figured it would take them 10 years to adjust their organization to the AL, but they are way ahead of schedule.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      Why would it take 10 years to adjust to having to having 1 more hitter on your roster?

  33. bmoneyy20 11 months ago

    I like what Houston received better than what the Rays did for a top flight pitcher

    • i'm me .. 11 months ago

      but…Houston didn’t take on 20 Million. Teams can’t give up the farm and take on 20M.

  34. Daniel1216 11 months ago

    Everyone so quick to judge the Tampa and Miami trades when both these teams have a history of coming out as winners in many of their trades.

    • Eric Mack 11 months ago

      Just seems like they got so little for Price. Especially when you look at Franklins numbers this season. For me as well, seems like Atlanta should have jumped into the mix for that weak of a package. Although, of course, “we can’t take on payroll”.

      Tigers got Price for Austin Jackson, if that’s not a double win, I don’t know what is.

      • Daniel1216 11 months ago

        It’s a great deal for the tigers but I can’t help but shake the feeling Smyly and Fanklin will breakout in Tampa and that minor league SS will win RoY lol

        • DieHardMsFan 11 months ago

          From what I have seen out of Franklin I don’t think he will break out. I am not a scout or anything but it seemed like he couldn’t lay off the down and away off speed pitches (though I can say the same thing for 7/10 MLB batters today).

    • Oshadogan 11 months ago

      exactly.. for example, what the haters have to say about the Marlins-Jays trade now? Jake was a piece of that trade that now give Marlins the possibility to bring this haul to Miami.. imagine if Cosart will be Alvarez version 2.0..

      • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

        lol- he won’t be.

        • Daniel1216 11 months ago

          Yea mets fans should know, remember when they all said Wheeler would be better than Harvey?

          • paqza 11 months ago

            Harvey’s numbers in college and in the minors just weren’t that good.

          • Baloo 11 months ago

            Wheeler is blossoming into a top-of-the-rotation arm though…not sure if it was so much of a knock on Harvey versus how highly regarded Wheeler is.

          • Daniel1216 11 months ago

            He’s got talent no doubt, but why compare him to a Cy young contender before even making his debut.

          • Baloo 11 months ago

            Because people in the org probably say “If HARVEY can pitch like this, imagine what Wheeler can do…”

          • Daniel1216 11 months ago

            Harvey spent a lot of time in Vegas a hitters paradise so stats like ERA are overblown, while wheeler didn’t spend so much time there. Look at Syndergaard’s numbers at AAA they don’t look that pretty but doesn’t mean he’s a worse pitcher.

        • Oshadogan 11 months ago

          at time of the fire sale Alvarez came of a season with a 4.85 ERA, 5.18 FIP and 3.8 K/9.. maybe below league average..

  35. DieHardMsFan 11 months ago

    Good trade from the Marlins perspective. I don’t really like Cosart (from what I have seen) but Hernandez looked very good. Don’t understand why the Astros would trade him especially for the return they got. Moran doesn’t seem to have a lot of power and plays a “power” position while Marisnick has an OPS below .800 in AAA. No matter how fast one is that usually does not translate into a good hitter in the majors….Just confused from the Astros perspective…thought a team that is rebuilding would hang on to young cost controlled players like Hernandez who is actually doing well in the Majors…..

    • LIMetfan22 11 months ago

      Moran projects as a solid major league 3b. Marisnick can put it all together, the kid has power.

      Cosart….Is not good at all. Big overpay.

      • DieHardMsFan 11 months ago

        Yeah but Hernandez has a higher OPS in the majors than Moran in A+ ball while being only a year older. Marisnick may pull it together but how many players that “pulled it together had an OPS less than .500 in the majors with about 150-200 AB’s.

        That is where I am confused. If Hernandez wasn’t part of the package that is fine, but with him included I think the Marlins come out on top…

        • Brian Allen 11 months ago

          I love Kike, and the Marlins may have gotten quite the steal with him, but you have to be aware of small sample sizes. They can be severely misleading about a player.

          • DieHardMsFan 11 months ago

            I am aware of small sample sizes but Moran has a .753 OPS in 515 at bats in A/A+ ball. I don’t think he will really hit for much power. Hernandez has also hit very well in AAA. I am not a scout or anything just find the move puzzling….

  36. Smrtbusnisman04 11 months ago

    How does trading Jarred Cosart get you a promising 3B prospect but Cy Young Winner David Price only gets a left handed Spot starter and a streaky SS prospect?

  37. Adam 11 months ago

    Ok, so I might regret this, but I’m coming around a bit on this trade. Hear me out, for the Marlins they move a GCL arm, Marisnick (who isn’t going to unseat Yelich, Ozuna, or Stanton in the OF and has little to prove in the minors) and Moran (who has hit, but not for any power) for a young, cost controlled, at least average rotational piece and some depth. Let them take Jacob Turner and Cosart (who both have performed below what the scouting community seems to think of their stuff) and hope Fernandez returns from TJ well next season. You can have Fernandez, Alvarez, Eovaldi, Koehler, Cosart. Then you have depth of Turner, Brad Hand, Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Nicolino, and Brian Flynn. You can never have too much pitching, but they really have no one in the minors at 3B. Guess it’s time to resign McGehee?

    • sascoach2003 11 months ago

      I like the Cox kid they have at NOLA in AAA as a 3B for the future. He just needs regular at bats. Reminds me a lot of McGehee. He was stuck playing behind Solano, Valdespin, Diaz, and Rodriguez early in the season, but should get plenty of at bats here at the end of the month. Hoping he does well.

  38. Moran slightly lessens the Aiken blow

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