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.


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123 Comments on "Marlins Acquire Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez For Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Comp Pick"


Ray Ray
1 year 1 month ago

Fast and furious last few minutes of the deadline.

Jeff Miller
1 year 1 month ago

The Pence trades just keep on giving…

StantonLikeMyDaddy
1 year 1 month ago

BEST comment ever

philliesfan136
1 year 1 month ago

Thanks for reminding us..

mlbaustin
1 year 1 month ago

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

sascoach2003
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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.

Jeff Miller
1 year 1 month ago

The Pence trades just keep on giving…

Tyler Brigham
1 year 1 month ago

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

mlbaustin
1 year 1 month ago

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

letsgogiants
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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.

ray_derek
1 year 1 month ago

Big splash there fish

Ace2095
1 year 1 month ago

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

No Baseball In Indiana
1 year 1 month ago

From one excellent organization to another, ouch.

letsgogiants
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month ago

“Oh my, Jose, you are so dreamy!”

“Nice walk rate, Henderson.”

Baloo
1 year 1 month ago

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

Tyler Jedrzejak
1 year 1 month ago

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

Paul Ryan Stivender
1 year 1 month ago

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

Ray Ray
1 year 1 month ago

Jake Marisnick going to Astros

BaseballBeisbol
1 year 1 month ago

Sweet get for the Astros.

Ray Ray
1 year 1 month ago

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

BaseballBeisbol
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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

Ace2095
1 year 1 month ago

Moran is a very nice add for the Astros.

chicothekid
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month ago

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

Rarth
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 1 month ago

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

letsgogiants
1 year 1 month 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.

Adam
1 year 1 month ago

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

Adam
1 year 1 month ago

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

Adam
1 year 1 month ago

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

Ray Ray
1 year 1 month ago

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

Adam
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 1 month ago

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

Mikey Cooper
1 year 1 month ago

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

sascoach2003
1 year 1 month 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

Spencer James
1 year 1 month ago

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

Eric Mack
1 year 1 month ago

I’m still laughing at RAJ not getting anything.

LIMetfan22
1 year 1 month ago

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

coldgoldenfalstaff
1 year 1 month 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.