• Acquired outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and the second pick after the first round in the 2013 draft (left-hander Matt Krook) from the Pirates for first baseman Gaby Sanchez and minor-league pitcher Kyle Kaminska.
The offensively challenged Hernandez was a disappointment in spring training and was hitting .275 with four homers, 22 RBI and 22 stolen bases for Triple A New Orleans before being traded to Kansas City two months ago for weak-hitting Double A shortstop Alex McClure. Sanchez (.254, 7 HR, 36 RBI) has played OK for Pittsburgh, but the Marlins saw more upside in Logan Morrison. Krook failed his physical and didn’t sign, but the Marlins will get a compensatory pick next year.
• Acquired infielder Yordy Cabrera from Arizona for reliever Heath Bell.
The Marlins believed they had to purge Bell from their clubhouse, and agreed to pay $4 million of his $8.5 million salary this season. He has gone 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA, but he’s still blowing saves — seven of them. Cabrera, 22, hit .237 with 14 homers and 62 RBI between Single A Greensboro (N.C.) and Jupiter while starting 82 games at third base and posting a .888 fielding percentage.
• Acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, outfielder Jake Marisnick, catcher Jeff Mathis and pitchers Justin Nicolino, Henderson Alvarez and Anthony DeSclafani from the Blue Jays for pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck, utility man Emilio Bonifacio and cash.
From a baseball standpoint, this trade looks very good for the Marlins, though ownership should have reinvested some of the money saved elsewhere.
Johnson, a two-time All-Star and free agent at season’s end, went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts for Toronto before going down for the season with a strained right forearm. Buehrle, who went 13-13 with a 3.74 ERA in his one season in Miami, has gone 11-8 with a 4.18 ERA in his return to the American League. Bonifacio, who hit .271 and averaged 26 steals a season for the Marlins over four years, was hitting a career-worst .218 with only 12 stolen bases in 94 games for the Blue Jays before he was shipped off to the Royals. Buck was traded to the Mets in the deal that netted Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Reyes, a four-time All-Star, missed 66 of his team’s first 97 games, but is hitting .301 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and 14 steals since his return.
Hechavarria (.227, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 11 stolen bases) has been terrific defensively but mediocre at best with the bat for Miami. “When trading away our shortstop at the time we wanted to get one back,” Hill said. “Hechavarria has been everything as advertised.”
Mathis (.196, 5 HR, 29 RBI) handled the pitching staff well including Fernandez, who absolutely loves him. Marisnick, rated the organization’s No. 1 prospect (56th overall), came back strong from an early injury and hit .294 with 12 homers and 46 RBI for Jacksonville before getting his call-up. Alvarez (3-4, 4.34 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 13 starts) has pitched better than he did in Toronto since coming back from a shoulder injury to start the season. Nicolino, rated the Marlins’ third-best prospect according to MLB.com, went 5-2 with a 2.23 ERA for Single A Jupiter in the first half of the season before earning a promotion to Double A Jacksonville, where he went 3-2 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in nine starts. DeSclafani, rated the organization’s 14th-best prospect, turned heads finishing 5-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 starts for Jacksonville with a 1.17 WHIP.