Marlins give up a LOT for Dan Straily
More trades are being announced after the Hall-of-Fame announcement yesterday. First, we reported on the Rays/Tigers trade and now the Reds and Marlins have swung an even bigger deal involving Reds SP Dan Straily. Here’s how the trade breaks down…
SP Dan Straily
RHP Luis Castillo
RHP Austin Brice
OF Isaiah White
The trade shows how much value Straily holds after bouncing around from team-to-team over the past few seasons, mostly after being placed on waivers. Straily was a bright spot for a bad Reds rotation last year, he logged 191 1/3 innings with a 3.76 ERA 76K/9 3.4 BB/9 and a 32 percent ground-ball rate.
This trade opens up a rotation spot for the Reds, who have plenty of pitching prospects that could slot in–Cody Reed, Amir Garret, Tim Adelman or Robert Stephenson.
Miami gave up a LOT for Straily. Castillo is ranked as their No.2 prospect according to Baseball America, and can touch high 90’s to even triple-digits on his fastball. Last year at High-A and Double-A Castillo posted a 2.07 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 117 2/3 innings.
Austin Brice, the 24-year-old is MLB-ready and could start in the Reds bullpen if he posts a solid Spring Training. He was the Marlins 9th ranked prospect.
Isaiah White was the Marlins 15th ranked prospect and spent most of last season at Class-A, hitting .214/.306/.301 in 51 games and 201 plate appearances. Batting is his weakest part of his game, as he is graded as an above average base-runner and solid in the field.
Overall, it seems like the Marlins gave up too much for a pitcher who has really only had one solid season in the big leagues. Maybe Dan Straily is a late-bloomer, but giving up three Top-15 prospects is a steep price to pay.
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