We’ll keep track of the day’s minor moves here…
- The Marlins’ media info account tweeted that the team has acquired third baseman Eric Jagielo from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations. Jagielo was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 draft. After an excellent 2015 season with the club’s Double-A affiliate, Jagielo was a key piece in the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees. Since then, however, his power has mysteriously disappeared, and he’s struggled to be productive in the upper levels of the Reds’ farm system. After a midseason promotion to Triple-A last year, Jagielo struggled to a .161/.283/.195 slash line across 139 plate appearances.
- The Marlins have added left-hander Sean Burnett on a minor-league pact, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. He’ll start off in extended spring training. Now 35, Burnett has 378 1/3 career innings under his belt, almost entirely as a reliever. Though he appeared in the majors as recently as 2016 (with the Nationals), the southpaw hasn’t pitched more than ten innings in a season since a very successful 2012 campaign. In that season, he managed an impressive 2.38 ERA across 70 appearances out of the bullpen for the Nats, striking out 9.05 batters per nine while walking just 1.91.
I’ll be watching a lot of former MLBers in NOLA this summer… (Marlins AAA team)
Not so many babies playing for the Baby Cakes, eh?
Most of them could probably make the roster too
Cash considerations for Jagielo = about a buck. That Chapman trade just looks worse and worse every day. I get that Chapman had a cloud over him, but the Reds would have been seemingly been just as good had they simply released him instead of trading him. A release could have been far more justified than a bad return. The good PR they could have garnered would have more than replaced a replacement level arm like Rookie Davis and a mediocre season of Caleb Cotham.
At the time of the trade, Rookie Davis was said to be the one with potential to turn out the best, despite Eric Jagielo being the center-piece of the trade. (Because at the time, there was no concerns about his hitting prowess, just 3B Defense and whether he could stick at 3B— also Jagielo had the draft pedigree— he was the Yankees highest first round pick, drafted ahead of Ian Clarkin (traded in Frazier/ DRob /Kahnle blockbuster) and Aaron Judge in that 2013 draft; Yanks had three first round picks.
Everything seemed to go wrong for Eric Jagielo after the trade. After a solid season in AA he returned to the same level for the Reds and did far worse.
Xabial makes a good point about how the Yankees valued Jagielo, despite where his value has gone since the day of the trade.