In a shocking trade, the Marlins traded Mets-killer Gaby Sanchez to the Pirates for a player and a competitive balance draft pick.
This is just a puzzling move by the Marlins. Granted, Sanchez is not having a good year. He is batting just .202 with three homers and 17 RBIs in nearly 200 at bats. He has spent about half the season in the minors. But he hit 19 home runs each in 2010 and 2011 (most of them, it seemed, against the Mets) and was an All-Star last season.
In return they get Gorkys Hernandez, a once-top prospect who hasn’t show much over the past few years.
The draft pick could be the key. This is a draft for low-revenue clubs that was agreed upon in the last CBA. Unlike the regular draft, these picks can be traded.
As usual, the Marlins are making ridiculous moves, which is why I picked them to finish last this season despite their new stadium and the off-season spending spree. Those poor fans in Miami.
By the way, Sanchez is batting .342 with eight home runs and 31 RBIS against the Mets. So it is good news that he is out of the division.