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Marlins trade and tinker, filling 40-man roster

New York Yankees pitcher Caleb Smith delivers the ball to the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
New York Yankees pitcher Caleb Smith delivers the ball to the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. AP Photo

It wasn’t the sort of roster news that grabs headlines, nothing that involved Giancarlo Stanton or anyone else on the Marlins’ big-league roster.

But the Marlins, in the process of filling their 40-man roster, made a minor trade on Monday with the New York Yankees and protected several of their prospects from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft in the process.

First, the Marlins dealt right-handed pitcher Michael King and international draft pool money to the Yankees for left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith and infielder Garrett Cooper.

They then added their two new acquisitions, as well as four minor-leaguers, outfielder Braxton Lee and right-handed pitchers Merandy Gonzalez, Pablo Lopez and James Needy to their 40-man roster. The move protects those players from next months Rule 5 Draft.

The 40-man roster is now full.

Smith appeared in nine games, two of them starts, for the Yankees last season, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. Cooper hit .326 in 45 at bats for the Yankees.as a first baseman.

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