“The only guys who haven’t appeared in the big leagues yet in that trade are DeSclafani and Nicolino,” Hill said. “They both had great years at High A and were both promoted to Double A and continued to have good years. They’re at the upper levels now and just depending on what your needs are, you could see them [in the majors] at any point next season.”
• Acquired infielder Derek Dietrich from the Rays for shortstop Yunel Escobar.
The Marlins believe Dietrich (.214, 9 HR, 23 RBI in 57 games) can be an everyday player because of his above-average power. He has been better than expected defensively. But he struggled hitting for contact with the Marlins. Escobar, in the final year of his contract, is hitting .260 with nine homers and 53 RBI for Tampa Bay.
“When he went down [to the minors], he scuffled a little bit,” Hill said of Dietrich. “But the last 10 days of the season he got really hot and raised his average back to where it was in that .270 range, and then unfortunately pulled an oblique muscle and ended the year on the disabled list. We’re nursing him back to health and the plan is for him to go to the Arizona Fall League along with six others.”
July 7, 2013
• Acquired three minor-leagues pitchers from the Dodgers for Ricky Nolasco.
The Marlins had no intentions of re-signing Nolasco, who has gone 8-1 with a 2.07 ERA in 12 starts for the Dodgers. The minor leaguers acquired aren’t elite prospects. Right-hander Angel Sanchez, rated the Marlins’ 10th-best prospect, is the best of the group. He went 4-3 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in Single A.
THE NEXT MOVE?
The next big trade the Marlins probably make is dealing Stanton, whose power continues to attract suitors. But Hill said he doesn’t see that happening.
“He’s a talented player so obviously clubs will make the call,” Hill said. “We’ve made it abundantly clear that he was not available. Until we’re told otherwise, he’ll continue to be unavailable and part of our future moving forward.”
Kurkjian is not so sure.
“My guess is two years from now, he’s going to be playing for somebody else — and I’m saying two years, not two weeks from now,” he said. “He’s so gifted, has so much ability the Marlins need to hang on to him for as long as they possibly can just because of his incredible talent.
“Eventually, though, someone is just going to come along and blow the Marlins away. If they’re not in a position where they’ve got this team going in the right direction, maybe the best thing is to trade him and get several key pieces in return.”