You know how we at TCB reacted to the Jarred Cosart trade. How did the rest of the baseball world react? Here is a sampling of what other people are writing about Houston's deadline deal.
But Thursday's six-player deal with the Marlins was also a reminder that, in a season where improvement in the big leagues is both needed and promised, the Astros are still willing to sacrifice wins for a potential benefit of the future.
Houston Astros: I've never been a big Jarred Cosart fan. I'm also not a big Jake Marisnick fan, so today's trade with the Marlins wasn't necessarily a slam dunk. It is worth a try, though. 2013 first-round pick Colin Moran should make it as at least an average regular at third base and might be something more. Marisnick has the tools to be an above average regular, too; I'm just skeptical he'll put them together. To get the pair (along with a wild card arm in Francis Marte and a draft pick) for Cosart, and a couple of likely role players in Kike Hernandez and Austin Wates was a smart move.
At best, the Astros get a CF prospect, a 3B prospect, a lottery ticket pitcher and three of the 1st 40 picks in return for a potentially good starter with projection, a super-utility player, and the recipient of my Man Crush. At worst, the Astros get those prospects and a supplemental pick. I mean, obviously the worst-case is that Cosart figures out his command issues, Hernandez turns into David Eckstein, and Austin Wates is Vince Coleman while Marisnick is Jordan Schafer, Moran is no one in particular, Martes doesn't do anything, and the Astros actually do lose their 1st two picks in 2015.
In short, both of baseball's worst teams from 2013 have shuffled a series of young players in a deal that could have wide-ranging repercussions for both franchises. Miami was said to be chasing a young arm, and that's exactly what they got. But it came at a fairly steep price.
Comment From Well-Beered Englishman
sounds like Cosart for Marisnick
Paul Swydan: If that is indeed the deal, then I like this for the Marlins a lot. Marisnick was never going to crack the Yelich-Stanton-the other guy who I can't think of right now Marlins' outfield.
Oh, that changes things a little (looks up enrique hernandez)
Who is actually a nice little player. And has been playing center, making him a nice fourth outfield candidate.
Losing Moran is the big part of the deal though.
Looks like a win-win.
The six-player trade between the Astros and Marlins was the most interesting one of the day because, unlike most of the other deals at this exciting deadline, it included actual prospects -- minor leaguers and very young big leaguers going in both directions -- at a time when you have to pry prospects loose from most teams with a crowbar and a tube of silicone.
Do you notice when we dream of our respective team's future- it is almost always bright? Everything looks good in the future. It is the darn present that gets in the way of our enjoyment.
This is a classic sell-high, buy-low maneuver for the Astros. Cosart is certainly talented, but the sabermetric red flags are there and it is plausible that his trade value will never be higher than it currently is.
Overall, the logic on Houston's part is clear. For the Marlins, this boils down to Cosart: can they mold that wonderful arm into a pitcher who can dominate consistently?