Returning to scene of Cabrera trade
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Last time the Winter Meetings were in Nashville, the Marlins made major news.
Five years ago, the Gaylord Opryland Hotel was the setting of one of the biggest trades in team history.
Unfortunately for Miami, the mega-trade didn’t pan out.
At the 2007 meetings, the Marlins traded Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers for six prospects, including Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. Burke Badenhop ended up being the most productive player the Marlins received in the deal. But the right-handed reliever ended up being sent to Tampa Bay after the 2011 season.
Unlike 2007, the Marlins are not expected to make any major trades during their four-day stay in Nashville.
Team officials are expected to arrive on Monday, look for under-the-radar moves to improve.
“It didn’t even register with me that it was here,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said of returning to Nashville. “I didn’t think about it like, ‘Oh, we’re going back to Nashville. That’s where we made the Miguel/Dontrelle trade. I never even thought about it until just now.”
A couple of weeks ago, the Marlins made a major 12-player trade with the Blue Jays. They sent Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto for seven players.
The Marlins are hopeful to have better results with the Toronto trade than they did with moving Cabrera.
“I wish it would have worked out better for us,” Beinfest said of the blockbuster deal of ’07. “It didn’t. We thought we got the right guys at that time and it didn’t work out. In terms of that trade and re-visiting it, I don’t think we’ll spend a lot of time on it.”
– Joe Frisaro