Wheeling and dealing at frantic pace

MIAMI — When the Marlins said they were open to making moves to improve, they weren’t kidding. The front office swung two trades on Friday that capped a frantic three-weeks in which six trades and one major free agent signing were completed.

You have to go back to the offseason in 2005 to find a time when the Marlins made six trades in a three-week span. The difference then was the club parted with established core players like Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo. Those moves were prompted by the fact the organization’s bid to secure funding for a new ballpark fell through.

This year, the team has made significant upgrades, bringing in first baseman Michael Morse, second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Mat Latos and third baseman Martin Prado.

Dan Haren, who may opt to retire, was acquired, as were David Phelps, Andre Rienzo and Aaron Crow.

“We felt like we needed more offense at first base,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “We felt we needed a true four hole hitter, to hit behind the big man [Giancarlo] Stanton. And it wasn’t on the immediate priority list, but as the meetings unfolded in San Diego, and it became clear we could access Dee Gordon, I wanted Dee Gordon, because he’s a game-changer. His speed is a game-changer.”

Marlins major moves since Thanksgiving:

Nov. 28: RHP Aaron Crow (Kansas City) for Brian Flynn, Reid Redman
Dec. 10: 2B Dee Gordon, RHP Dan Haren, INF Miguel Rojas (Dodgers) for LHP Andrew Heaney, RHP Chris Hatcher, INF Enrique Hernadez, C Austin Barnes
Dec. 10: RHP Andre Rienzo (White Sox) for LHP Dan Jennings
Dec. 11: RHP Mat Latos (Reds) for RHP Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach
Dec. 17: Signed free agent first baseman Michael Morse, two-years, $16 million
Dec. 19: 3B Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps (Yankees) for 1B Garrett Jones, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Domingo German
Dec. 19: RHP Kendry Flores, RHP Luis Castillo (Giants) for 3B Casey McGehee

2005 Marlins Trades

Nov. 24: Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, Guillermo Mota to Red Sox for Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia
Nov. 24: Carlos Delgado to Mets for Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit
Dec. 2: Luis Castillo to Twins for Travis Bowyer, Scott Tyler
Dec. 5: Paul Lo Duca to Mets for Gaby Hernandez, Dante Brinkley
Dec. 7: Juan Pierre to Cubs for Ricky Nolasco, Sergio Mitre, Renyel Pinto
Dec. 16: Ron Villone to Yankees for Ben Julianel

Joe Frisaro

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