After weeks of swirling rumors linking him to every team from the Cubs to the Orioles to the Blue Jays to the Giants, the Padres have struck a deal with the Miami Marlins. In a surprising turn of events, Colin Rea is also headed to the fish in the deal. Reports are still coming in, but early rumors are that the players coming back include power-hitting first baseman Josh Naylor and pitcher Luis Castillo.
Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson was the first to report Rea’s inclusion in the deal:
Per source, Marlins also getting pitcher Colin Rea from Padres. So Miami getting two starting pitchers from SD, Cashner and Rea— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 29, 2016
Josh Naylor was the 12th overall selection in the 2015 draft. He was recently ranked as the Marlins’ second-best prospect, and the Marlins' lone representative in MLB's Top 100. The lefty hitter (and thrower) is reported to have "plus-plus" power with potential to hit for average as well. A slow runner, his defensive future seems limited to 1B/DH. At barely 19 years old, he’s no near-term threat to push Myers off first base. Interesting that we traded a lefty power-hitting 1B for Cashner, only to get one back for him. As @PadresJagoff pointed out, his profile on MLB’s prospects page paints a pretty nice picture.
Jeff Passan reported that power righty pitcher Luis Castillo is in the deal. The 23-year-old has posted impressive numbers through the minors, spending 2016 in high-A, posting a 0.970 WHIP over 100 innings pitched. 18 of Castillo’s 20 appearances have been starts this season. He was ranked as the Marlins’ #8 prospect per MLB.com.
Sources: Marlins getting Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea. In addition to Josh Naylor, Padres expected to receive power RH arm Luis Castillo.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2016
To add another wrinkle to this, Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer reported that a player from the Marlins’ MLB roster would be included in the deal:
In addition to Naylor, #Marlins will be sending at least one player from their big league roster to Padres for Cashner and Rea.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 29, 2016
ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that RHP Jarred Cosart is the Marlins' roster member in the deal. Working as a starter for the Astros and Marlins in parts of five years in the MLB, he will likely slot into the rotation.
Adding a power bat prospect and a power pitcher who is near-MLB-ready is a great start. I suspect that more details are sure to shake out. Regardless, this appears to be a very nice return for a departing front-end starter and a BOR pitcher who was a surprise riser in 2015.
Unfortunately, there are now two vacancies in the Padres’ already-weak rotation. The opening day group of Ross-Shields-Cashner-Rea-Pomeranz is now all but gone. Even if Ross makes a return this year, it won’t be soon. Now we’re looking at a rotation that looks something like Friedrich-Perdomo-Jackson-Cosart-Clemens?? Could Michael Kelly, Daniel McCutchen, or Carlos Pimentel be taking the ball soon?
More trades are likely to follow this weekend, with Derek Norris, Matt Kemp, Ryan Buchter, Jon Jay, and others on the block. This will be an interesting deadline!
UPDATE: The Padres are also sending tall righty Tayron Guerrero, and reliever Carter Capps is coming back from the Marlins. Guerrero has been regarded as a nasty reliever type, but he's never been able to get his command reigned in enough to be effective. Capps had a stellar 2015 campaign with the Marlins but underwent TJ surgery before the 2016 season.