Marlins move Gaby, Mujica in separate deals

ATLANTA — The Marlins have acquired Minor League third baseman Zack Cox from the Cardinals for reliever Edward Mujica.

The Marlins announced the trade about an hour before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Miami also has dealt first baseman Gaby Sanchez, an All-Star in 2011, to the Pirates for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Along with Sanchez, the Marlins are also sending Minor League pitcher Kyle Kaminska. Miami also is receiving a Draft pick after the first round in 2013.

Mujica, 28, has been a late-inning setup reliever. The right-hander has appeared in 41 games with an 0-3 record and 4.38 ERA in 39 innings.

He went on the disabled list on June 30 with a broken bone to his right pinky toe. He was reinstated on July 18.

The Marlins acquired Mujica, along with Ryan Webb, from the Padres for Cameron Maybin after the 2010 season.

Cox, 23, was the 25th pick overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He will report to Double-A Jacksonville.

At Triple-A Memphis, Cox batted .254 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs.

Sanchez, a Miami native who attended the University of Miami, was the Marlins Opening Day first baseman for three seasons. But he struggled this year, and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

With the Marlins, Sanchez batted .202 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. His final at-bat with Miami came on July 4, when he belted a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off the Brewers.

He was optioned to New Orleans after that game because the Marlins acquired first baseman Carlos Lee.

At New Orleans, Sanchez was batting .302 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.

Hernandez, 24, is a right-handed hitting outfielder who batted .257 at Triple-A Indianapolis. In 25 games with the Pirates, he was 2-for-25.

Joe Frisaro  

2 Comments

I don’t understand the Gaby Sanchez trade. I thought the marlins were gonna let Carlos Lee finish the season as a marlin then let him become a free agent. And I figured because Lee is a free agent after the end of the season, then G. Sanchez would become the Marlins’ starting 1B in 2013. I thought this because G. Sanchez was playing so well in AAA. My question is: Does this trade make sense? Who’s going to be the starting 1B in 2013? Could it possibly be Logan Morrison? If so, who would take his place in LF? Could it be Hernandez the new OF acquired in the deal? Guess we’ll see next year. *sigh*

I have no problem with any of the moves. You can’t pay Hanley like an All-Star when he’s batting .240 for a year and a half. Anibal was leaving anyways and Infante is dispensable. We got some arms back and that’s always a plus. Gaby got hitter’s amnesia and was never really part of the Marlins’ plans over LoMo. The other trade for 3B Cox is a wait-and-see move.

This offseason let’s see the Marlins lock down Stanton, go after David Wright and Josh Hamilton with all the money they’ve saved and blow some people away.

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