The Marlins have struck a deal to acquire first baseman Garrett Cooper and lefty Caleb Smith from the Yankees. New York will receive righty Michael King and $250K of international bonus pool money in the swap. A deal involving Cooper and another player was first reported by Robert Murray of Fan Rag (via Twitter); the dollar value was tweeted by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Cooper, 26, is a right-handed hitter who made his MLB debut in 2017 after going to the Yankees in a mid-season swap. He turned in 45 productive plate appearances, slashing .326/.333/.488 despite not hitting any long balls and drawing only a single walk. Cooper was quite productive on the year in the upper minors, posting a composite .359/.423/.634 batting line in 350 total plate appearances.
Smith, who’s also 26, struggled in his first MLB action in 2017. But he showed a 93.6 mph average heater from the left side along with a 13.0% swinging-strike rate in his 18 2/3 frames. And he also pitched to a 2.39 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 over 98 innings in his first full attempt at Triple-A this year. For the pitching-needy Marlins, that’s a background worth taking a shot on.
The Yanks have been hustling to sort their 40-man roster in advance of today’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. Cooper, clearly, was not seen as a significant part of the team’s future while Smith had perhaps been bypassed by other relief options. In King, the club will add a 22-year-old who just turned in 149 innings of 3.14 ERA ball at the Class A level — and won’t create any 40-man pressures for quite some time.
Meanwhile, the club has padded its international bonus availability as part of a possible push for Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani. The Marlins reportedly had $1.74MM left to work with. But teams can only trade for 75% of their original pool amount. In the Yankees’ case, the team started with $4.75MM, meaning they are capped at $8.3MM total. And the organization had already boosted its pool to $8MM (a good portion of which it has already spent). As things stand, the Yanks have $3.5MM left to dangle for Ohtani or utilize on other international amateur talent.
The Marlins, meanwhile, are engaged in their own roster maneuvering this winter under new ownership. It’s not tough to see how a young lefty would fit. But the team is set at first with Justin Bour, who is deserving of near-everyday time after a breakout 2017 season. He handled lefties just fine when allowed the chance, though he could also stand to be paired with a right-handed hitter. And it’s still possible that Bour could be dangled in trades, though he’s plenty cheap as a pre-arb player. In any event, the Marlins are surely focused mostly on finding as much affordable and controllable talent as possible.
No! Not Cooper Scooper! Loved that guy
What a steal by the Marlins. Maybe Jeter does know what he’s doing lol.
pretty sure it was Hill and Dembo. Jeter is just a minority owner
Jeter is the CEO…
Steal? How? The Yankees would’ve lost those guys for nothing. At least they got something for them, including 250K in international money which should come in handy for Ohtani.
The first Marlins Jeter era Yankees swap and he robbed them
No he didn’t.
I always thought cooper could be a quality 1B but he never got a real shot when bird was out and seems like he won’t get a real shot in Miami with Bour.
does this mean the marlins have a potential deal in place for bour?
Not sure, but I will go post a message on The Players Tribune Facebook page, as well as tweet to it.
I will let you know if Jete replies to me with the answer.
Lol he isn’t gonna reply to that get real.
Sarcasm meter broken?
I don’t think so he isn’t that good and they had to get rid of some one. Better them then the good ones
Now the Yankees should have the most money in international bonus spending to put towards signing Shohei Ohtani. Hopefully tomorrow we hear that he can be posted
Yep, exactly what this trade was for on their end.
Ohtani walked away from hundreds of millions of dollars back home in Japan – the Yankees being able to offer a tick over $3mil means next to nothing. He’s shown that money isn’t a big driver in his decision making.
He’ll go to whatever team he sees as the best fit.
More then just a tic. Jealousy doesn’t look good my brother…
Who’s jealous of what now?
3.5mil to be exact – small fry compared to what he’s already walked away from.
Yankees fans WANT to think it makes a big difference though.
Yanks are so loaded with talent. Better getting something for Cooper and Smith and getting two roster spots open on the 40.
Not a steal at all. Yes the Marlins got a good player, but if the Yankees use that money to sign Otani, that would be well worth the price.
we all see how this has gone down
Nice deal but fish. Two good depth pieces.
Always been a fan of Garrett Cooper.
Just Please Give him a chance to play, Marlins.
You would be surprised.
Thank you for taking Caleb Smith off our hands,
we all see how this went
I saw Yankees trade so and so to Marlins and immediately looked for Stanton in the lower names listed lol
Good job marlins
Nice platoon partner for Bour if he ever needs one.
Wrong Caleb Smith linked in the article.
Such a minor deal, but already a great start by the Marlins. Love it. Building up some depth.
This kind of deal would not have happened before Jeter’s presence.
I like what Cashman is doing. Trade guys with some talent that are blocked for prospects further away from needing to be added to the 40 man roster.
That being said, it doesn’t look as if 1B Mike Ford will be protected. I don’t get why he wasn’t brought up when Bird went down last year. He has power and great plate discipline and is knocking on the door at AAA. 20 hrs and 90 walks vs 72 strike outs. Career .380 OBP in 1,800 + AB. I wonder what gives? He reminds me a lot of Bird when he was in the minors.
A King’s ransom.
Says you Richard…
That is $250 K more they can offer Ohtani
Good Luck Garrett Cooper !!!
Short time with the Yankees – but you did good !
Would’ve like that they kept you … but hope you do good in Florida !!!
I like this Cooper kid, good trade for the Fish.