NEW YORK -- The housecleaning continued for the Marlins on Saturday when they traded veteran right-hander Tom Koehler to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor-league pitcher Osman Gutierrez.
Koehler was a mainstay in the rotation from 2013-16 but spent most of this season in the minors due to poor results. Koehler, who is making $5.75 million, has one more year of salary arbitration remaining but likely would have been non-tendered as the team continues to trim payroll in advance of a change in ownership.
Gutierrez is a low-level prospect who has struggled this season in the Toronto farm system, going 4-11 with a 7.85 at Single A Lansing. The Marlins assigned him to Single A Greensboro.
Koehler was an 18th-round draft pick by the Marlins in 2008 but worked his way up before becoming a rotation workhorse. He made 30 or more starts for three straight years (2014-16) and his 132 career starts ranks him fifth on the Marlins’ all-time list.
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But he failed to maintain his hold in the rotation this season, going 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA, which led to his demotion to Triple A New Orleans.