The Marlins announced Tuesday that they’ve traded outfielder Austin Dean to the Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Diowill Burgos. Dean was designated for assignment in Miami last week. Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reported Dean was on his way to St. Louis shortly before the deal was announced. The Cardinals’ 40-man roster is now up to a total of 39 players.
Dean, 26, will replenish some of the right-handed-hitting outfield depth the Cardinals lost last week when trading Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena to the Rays. While Dean has yet to find much in the way of big league success, he’s a career .331/.398/.546 hitter in parts of three Triple-A seasons and has generally handled left-handed pitching well. He still has two minor league option years remaining as well, so the Cards can shuttle him between Memphis and St. Louis as they see fit in the short term.
Burgos won’t turn 19 until later this month. He’s played in the Dominican Summer League in each of the past two seasons and moved up to the Gulf Coast League late in 2019. Overall, the Dominican native is a .263/.366/.475 hitter with 17 home runs, 24 doubles, seven triples and 10 steals in 493 professional plate appearances. He’s still years from being anywhere near the big leagues, but he’ll add an intriguing option to the lower ranks of the Miami farm system moving forward.
That should put the Arenado rumors to bed.
Or, it gives more trade bait to the Arenado package. Seems very interesting to be this active all or a sudden. Only time will play this out.
Lol Dean doesn’t give more trade bait
I believe Jonny means more wiggle room regarding the OF’s “reportedly” being discussed in the Arenado deal (Oneill, Bader etc etc.). Dean is not someone STL thinks COL wants to be a part of the deal.
Austin Dean trade bait ? What a typical st Louisianan ffnnnn comment
Hey, we’re not all like that. To me? This is a head-scratcher, after Mo supposedly was trying to clear out OF surplus, and was fine doing that in the trade with the Rays (which, itself, I think many Cards fans are overrating).
Not Co is jus messing with them..
STL: ok Colorado, we already offered you a haul. What’s it going to take to get this done?
CO: ummm Austin Dean
CO: just kidding
Why do you you want to put Arenado [rumors] to bed?
Oh cool. We got something for him – an 18-year old OF. A guy who may not have made our Opening Day roster for the hope that comes with an 18-year old. I’m very good with that.
I like the trade for the fish. At least they got something for him. But I still think he should have been given an opportunity this year rather than Aguilar.
11th ranked prospect in the cards system and 40+ FV, per Fangraph,
He was not ranked in their top 30, I think you are confused
2020 11th ranked prospect. Should’ve been more specific..
“Diowill Burgos is a 40+ FV and was set to be ranked 11th on the Cardinals prospect list which will be published tomorrow.” By Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs
why? didnt wu just trade 2 OFers to thin the herd and create playing time for the younger guys?
Because the younger guys are going to Colorado?
no way mo does that trade giving up so much young talent for only 2 years before opt out. need to work around opt out and then maybe worth the haul.
Agree completely. Or rather, MO shouldn’t. No way. I don’t want Arenado for only two years, no matter how good he is, unless we don’t have to give up much. It has to be long term…….
If it even comes to it, I would hope Arenado would restructure the contract by either eliminating the opt out or shifting the opt out to 5 years, and heck give him a good bonus for his troubles (if that’s MLB legal).
I am excited about Dean though – seems like decent ballplayer but an even better person!
Dean is a nice piece, but temper the enthusiasm about the skills. He has a lot to prove. He was going to have a tough time making the Marlins Opening Day roster this year.
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You really think Arenado is going UP his contract by opting out?
I think that is being discussed and depending who you believe in the Rox are asking for Jack.
The Marlins have a stable of OFs competing for a roster spot and starting spot this Spring. Dean, entering his age 26 season, most likely wasn’t going to make the team. Not a bad move by trading him for an 18-year old that, unless he surprises everyone, won’t be in consideration for an MLB spot for about 4 years.
Could just be a stopgap 4th or 5th OF for however long the Cards may want to conserve their better OF prospects’ playing time and a full-time AAA starter after one or more others leap-frog him for good.
Depth move. They traded away Martinez and Arozarena. And we’ve now gone to a 26 man roster. Dean is an option for a 1B/COF slot.
Dean has 2 options left and you aren’t suppressing his value by keeping him in Memphis. He can play left field all year and you have a reasonable bench option if the MLB outfield has too many injuries.
It’s a simple depth move. The pieces get juggled around
Because those younger guys are all completely or mostly unproven. It doesn’t hurt to add another horse to the race.
Well, I think many Cards fans overrate that trade with the Rays, but yes, this one is a head-scratcher.
BUT! Don’t question the Mighty Mo.
That’s a weird way of spelling Arenado
A slower Tyler O’Neill.
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Would be interesting to see if this was a replacement for Tyler ONeill because he’s on the move. Most likely the Cards saw value in an available bat, but we can all dream this is the missing piece to pull the trigger for Arenado lol.
Value in an available bat? Dean was going to be hard-pressed to make the Marlins roster this Spring.
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If the Cardinals let other teams do their player evaluating for them, they would constantly be mired in last place. The Marlins don’t exactly have a strong track record in this area, so I’ll take the Cards evaluations here.
…after failing to make a terribly thin OD outfield this year, falling to the likes of Mr. Rave Reviews and others.
Um, the Cardinals have a history at being great at evaluating talent, but their best young players are homegrown – not guys brought in from other teams.
And the Marlins don’t have a strong track record in evaluating players? Last I checked, the knock on the Marlins is that they trade players that they DEVELOP and trade them to save money. Seems like if you’re developing All Stars and MVPs, you’re doing something right with evaluating talent.
As a Marlins fan, I’ll say that Dean doesn’t exactly scream of Stanton, Yelich, or Ozuna or any of the past guys we’ve ever had.
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I mean, I don’t think anyone would disagree with that, very doubtful he turns into a superstar or anything. Doesn’t mean the guy doesn’t have value for a major league club though, even league average is perfectly acceptable if the price is right.
Oh, he’s definitely a nice organizational piece for a team that has the space available at the MLB or AAA levels. The Marlins let him go because he was no longer part of our 40; he was very unlikely to make the Opening Day roster; and they didn’t want to clog up the AAA roster either when they have OFs that will be playing there as well in preparation for being called up later this year or competing for spots on the big club in 2021.
If the Cardinals have the space for him, he’s definitely a nice add for them. He’ll be able to bounce between MLB and AAA, and do a solid job for the organization by protecting prospect hitters in AAA and by filling in for the short term or on the bench at the MLB level.
tha leaves Marcell Ozuna for the rangers
Rangers signed Frazier,Ozuna should be their next grab. So Arenado should be a Cardinal on paper.
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Dean is a depth piece who has options, there is not other meaning to this trade.
But can they option him since he was picked up as a DFA?
Yes, he can be optioned to AAA and remain on the 40-man roster.
You run into problems when a player runs out of options. Then they must be DFA’d (removed from the 40-man) to be sent to the minors.
Oh good another outfielder just what the cards needed
The move we’ve all be waiting for. Gotta give the front office credit for dumping the farm for Dean, didn’t think they had it in em.
The Arenado talk was clearly smoke and mirrors so no one would be prepared for St. Louis to swoop in and scoop up The Dean.
So, the Cardinals will have Bader, Dean, Fowler, O’Neill and which other OF on their roster?
Edman, especially if SOMEBODY comes in to play 3rd.
Also Lane Thomas.
Also Yairo Munoz can play out there.
And a couple others. They still have some OF depth. However this could also mean that O’Neill is on the move in a trade.
The plot thickens… Or maybe it doesn’t.
Given those responses, they should try to include O’Neill in a trade for Arenado.
Hudson, Liberatore, O’Neill as the main pieces.
Liberatore is probably untouchable
Nope….. No relation to Dizzy or Daffy Dean!! From the looking of his stats, he my be related to Jimmy Dean and the sausage!! Way to go Cardinals Owners!!!! By the way—— the false media blitz about Arenaldo is just that!!! False!! No way would Bill DeWitt Jr. allow a deal for Arenaldo!!! Although he’d waist all his money on all of the Low Hanging Fruit or has been aging All-Stars he can!!! Pitiful!!
Doesn’t seem like the cards are making their usual smart moves. If they don’t have something better in their vision, then it’s gonna be a rough offseason for them ….
I like how everyone thinks all these moves are automatically related or that every move has to be a big splash. it’s comical. maybe the cards just like the player. not every move is for a star, not every player can be a star and not every move is necessarily predicated on something else happening. I feel like most of the people on here are 13 years old.
I’m going to start a new rumor because I feel I do better than 12up.com….
Cardinals tell the Rockies sorry no deal so they start discussions with Cleveland for Lindor move DeJong to 3B
Burgos, albeit still too young to really tell, seems to be a pretty solid (wIld card) prospect. He hit pretty well last year in FRK showing some solid pop. Who knows how he’ll progress as he heads to the US where the competition is undeniably better but it does seem as though MIA got some value in return for someone they had already designated for assignment anyway.
Feels like an Arozarena replacement. Pretty similar in age, development and AAA production to Arozarena, minus the speed
Watch, this is because we’re sending someone like O’Neill to Colorado as part of a package. Something like Liberatore, Carpenter, Edman, and O’Neill for Arenado? In a heartbeat.
Now that’s the Cardinals Ownership and President of Baseball Operations that I know!!! That’s the normal type of signing we’ve all grown to hate. Trying to Acquire Arenaldo!?!? Ha! That’s a joke!!!! Bill DeWitt Jr. has already stated numerous times since the end of 2019, “There will be little increase in payroll ……If anything at all!” So there you have it. Forget about the Cardinals acquiring Nolan Arenaldo. DeWitt Jr. says he’d rather sign Matt Carpenter to a 2 yr. $36 million dollar deal to play 3rd base over Arenaldo. Now …. that’s going to be one heck of a comeback in 2020 for MattCarpenter !!! Evidently Bill DeWitt Jr. feels that iffy comeback by Carp will be better than Arenaldo’s 2020 season will be.
If Dizzy Dean was Diz, wouldn’t Austin Dean be an Aus?
The modern Wizard of Aus? Sacrilege I know – there is only one Cardinal Wizard of Oz …..
hope that’s just AAA depth. emergency mlb depth.