(MIAMI) — Instead of selling off young prospects, this time, the Miami Marlins acquired them as they have landed starting pitcher Jarred Cosart along with two others from the Houston Astros.
In addition to Cosart, the Marlins acquired infielder-outfielder Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.
“Jarred Cosart will help us win more games and be a better ballclub, and hopefully that winds up with a playoff spot,” Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said.
Cosart was a top-pitching prospect not too long ago, so it’s surprising the Astros decided to move on from him. In 20 starts this season, he’s 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA.
Cosart along with Hernandez are expected to join the club on Friday while Wates will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins reportedly also tried to trade for John Lackey and David Price, but were unable to land either starter.
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