“We’ve been involved now in a couple of these things,’’ Beinfest said. “These are very valuable assets. To have access to the 33rd pick in the country is a very big deal. Gorkys is a young player we’re going to take a look at and we’ve liked for quite some time all the way back to his days with the Tigers and the Braves.
“That’s how we finished things up. Now we’ll go through the post-waiver deadline and hopefully start to improve on the field and win some games, and take a look at some of the assets we’ve accumulated in the last 10 days.’’
One player still very happy to call Miami home after the deadline: Opening Day starter Josh Johnson, who was being shopped hard, but apparently didn’t do enough over the past couple weeks while he was being eye-balled by opposing scouts to warrant the substantial sum the Marlins sought.
“The only time I really thought about [the trade rumors] was with my wife, and with my family," said Johnson, who has one year and $13.75 million left on his contract with the Marlins. “Yes, I’m still happy to be here ... the rest of my career would be great. It’s the only thing I’ve ever known. I’d love to stay here, be part of it, and be part of a World Series here.’’
Although Beinfest didn’t discuss specifics of who else came close to being traded, ESPN reported that first baseman Carlos Lee came close to being sent to the Yankees. Lee reportedly turned the deal down.
Mujica, who went 9-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 108 appearances for the Marlins over the past two seasons, said he was “very surprised’’ he was dealt. Like Sanchez, whose wife gave birth to the couple’s first child last Saturday, he also recently became a father.
“I didn’t know what time the trade deadline was, so I told my wife today at noon I [wasn’t] going to be traded. I thought the deadline was 11, I’m going to be fine,’’ Mujica said. “I got here and Ozzie told me, ‘St. Louis wants you, they’re talking right now.’ Ten minutes after he told me, it was official.’’
Said Guillen: “We lost one of the favorite guys. Muji, everybody was feeling for him. We knew how much Muji wanted to stay here. I think it’s a hard day for a lot of people off the field.’’