Marlins acquire Robertson from Tigers
It appears a left-hander will be in the Marlins rotation after all.
On Tuesday the Marlins finalized a trade with the Tigers that returns left-hander Nate Robertson to Florida for lefty prospect Jay Voss.
Robertson, 32, went 2-3 with a 5.44 ERA with the Tigers in 2009, appearing in 28 games with six starts.
This will be Robertson’s second stint with the Marlins. Drafted in the fourth round by Florida in 1999, he made his MLB debut with the club in 2002, appearing in six games.
The Marlins traded Robertson to the Tigers in 2003 as part of the Mark Redman trade. The deal helped Florida win the 2003 World Series, because Redman was a big part of the rotation.
Redman went 14-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 29 starts for the Marlins in their title season.
Before being finalized on Tuesday, the Robertson deal first had to receive the approval of the commissioner’s office, because more than $1 million was being exchanged.
Robertson is signed for $10 million this season.
The left-hander has appeared in six Grapefruit League games for the Tigers, with three starts. He’s 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 19 2/3 innings. He had been in competition for a
rotation spot with Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman.
In 202 MLB games, Robertson has made 169 starts over eight seasons.
Robertson would be the lone left-hander in Florida’s rotation.
The rotation had been shaping up to feature Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad and Clay Hensley.
– Joe Frisaro