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Marlins deal the first of many this weekend

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The Miami Marlins got the final weekend of non-waiver trading underway on Friday. In desperate need of starting pitching for a run at the playoffs, Miami landed starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the San Diego Padres just two days before the trade deadline.

Miami made the deal without giving up any of its core lineup, but gave up pitchers Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps and two minor league players. The Marlins are hoping the two can join a suspect starting rotation and provide a bridge to their effective late inning relievers.

Cashner is a hard-throwing right hander in his seventh season in the major leagues. With such a strong arm and pitching in a pitcher friendly park in San Diego, Cashner’s numbers do not project overblown expectations. This year he is 4-7 with a 4.76 earned run average.

Rea is 5-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 appearances this season. Along with Cashner, Rea will round out a starting rotation that includes all-star Jose Fernandez, Adam Conley and Tom Koehler.

The deal is the second between the two teams within the past 30 days. Miami acquired reliever Fernando Rodney from the Padres on June 30 for prospect Chris Paddack.

Miami is currently battling the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals for the two wild card playoff spots. They trail the first-place Washington Nationals by five games in the National League’s Eastern Division.

This is the first of what promises to be numerous trades over the weekend as contending teams fill gaps by giving up prospects to teams either rebuilding or merely out of contention.

Owner Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins’ brain trust are hoping Cashner and Rea and provide steady if not spectacular production. Miami’s offense can win enough games if the starters can merely get them to the later innings.

While both come from a pitcher’s ballpark, their new home at Marlins Park is described the same way.

Ichiro nears 3,000

Ichiro Suzuki enters tonight’s game at Marlins Park against St. Louis with 2,998 hits. When he gets the next two, Ichiro will become the 30th player to reach 3,000 and the second baseball legend to reach the milestone while playing for a Florida team.

Wade Boggs earned his 3,000th hit on August 7, 1999 while playing for the (Devil) Rays and is one of only three players (Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez) to hit a home run to reach the milestone.


Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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