The Marlins bolstered their starting rotation on Friday by getting two starters from the San Diego Padres.
The cost was not cheap, however, as the Marlins gave up top prospects Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo in exchange for starters Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea.
The Marlins, who officially announced the trade Friday afternoon, are also sending starter Jarred Cosart and reliever Carter Capps to the Padres. The Marlins also acquired minor-league pitcher Tayron Guerrero in the seven-player deal along with cash considerations.
“We’ve played so well, and we thought our starting pitching needed more,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “We’re excited that we were able to accomplish some of our goals as we finish up this trade deadline season.”
The Marlins entered Friday night’s game against the Cardinals tied with them for the second National League wild-card spot and five games behind the Nationals in the NL East.
In exchange for the three pitchers, Miami parted with Naylor, ranked second among the club’s prospects, according to MLBPipeline.com.
A first baseman in Miami’s minor-league system, Naylor was the Marlins’ top pick in the 2015 draft (12th overall).
Naylor participated in the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego earlier this month and collected two hits. He had nine homers and 54 RBI for the Marlins’ Single A affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Castillo, 23, was the No. 6-ranked prospect in the Marlins organization. A hard-throwing righty, Castillo was 7-3 with a 2.25 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 15 walks for Single A Jupiter.
“We traded away good players,” Hill said. “Josh was our first-round pick from last year and, obviously, we had high hopes for what he would do in our organization. But, as you know in this game, to get quality you need to give quality. We gave quality, and we’re very happy with the quality that we received in return.”
Cashner, 29, is a hard-throwing righty from Texas. A first-round pick (19th overall) of the Cubs in 2008, Cashner has been with the Padres since 2012 after making his debut with Chicago in 2010.
A free agent following this season, Cashner is 4-7 this year with a 4.76 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.
In four of his five starts since returning from the disabled list on July 3 because of a neck strain, Cashner has given up three runs or less and has gone at least 5 2/3 innings.
“Personally, I’ve faced him, and I didn’t like it at all,” Jose Fernandez said. “I hope the rest of the batters that face him will feel the same. He’s got power stuff and really good stuff.”
Rea, 26, will be under club control until 2022. In his second season with the Padres, the righty is 5-5 with a 4.98 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Rea will start Saturday against the Cardinals and Cashner will make his first start on Sunday.
“You look at some of his numbers, he’s a younger starter that’s going to develop and get better,” said Mattingly of Rea. “We’re looking at a guy who is part of the future moving forward. There’s an upside because of the ceiling he’s got going.”
Guerrero, a 25-year-old Colombian right-hander, is 13-21 with a 4.09 ERA in seven minor-league seasons, including 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA for Double A San Antonio this season. Guerrero, who has converted 18 of 22 save chances in the minors since 2014 with a 2.30 ERA in 105 2/3 innings, made his major-league debut on May 17. He will open his stint with the Marlins at Double A Jacksonville.
The trade gives the Marlins some depth with Wei-Yin Chen (5-4, 4.99 ERA in 19 starts) on the disabled list with a left elbow strain for an undetermined amount of time.
The deal marks the second time this season the Marlins added to their pitching staff via trade with the Padres. The Marlins traded for reliever Fernando Rodney on June 30, sending pitching prospect Chris Paddack to the Padres.
Cosart, 26, went 6-10 with a 3.82 ERA in three seasons with the Marlins. After going 0-1 with a 7.98 ERA in three starts to open this season, Cosart spent three months in the minors, which included a stint on the DL with an oblique strain, before being recalled earlier this week following Chen’s injury.
Capps, who had Tommy John surgery in March, appeared in 47 games in two seasons with the Marlins and posted a 2.28 ERA.
▪ To make room on the active roster, the Marlins designated outfielder Cole Gillespie and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment.
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Rea (5-5, 4.98 ERA) vs. St. Louis Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia (7-7, 3.97), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Cashner (4-7, 4.76) vs. Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez (10-6, 2.87), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Miami Herald sportswriter Barry Jackson contributed to this report.