Padres Acquire Maybin, Deal Mujica & Webb to Marlins
With their second trade in the past 48 hours, the Florida Marlins continued to distance themselves from the blockbuster trade they made in 2007 with Detroit that involved Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. Yesterday they dealt Andrew Miller to Boston. Today they shipped Cameron Maybin to San Diego for a pair of relief pitchers, Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. The deal further proves that the original blockbuster was a bust for the Marlins and continues the rebuilding of their bullpen for the 2011 season.
Maybin, who will turn 24 just after Opening Day, has been unable to live up to the hype since he first debuted with the Tigers in August 2007. Over parts of four seasons he has totaled a mere 168 games and 322 plate appearances resulting in a career line of .246/.313/.380 with 13 HRs, 45 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. His production in the minors has been drastically different as he is a .306/.393/.478 hitter in just over 1500 at bats. Once considered a premier prospect known for his five tool ability things have just simply not gone well for the center fielder. Ultimately a chance of scenery was likely necessary if Maybin is to reach his potential. He is out of options so he’ll likely get every opportunity to start in San Diego.
Mujica has spent the past two seasons working out of San Diego’s bullpen and has put up fairly respectable numbers. Over the seasons worth of work in the National League he holds a 3.80 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9. This past season he actually was amongst the league leaders in BB/9 and posted a K/BB ration of 12.00. He will be arbitration eligible before reaching free agency after 2011.
Webb, however, has been called the prize of the deal by a number of people. The righty is coming off of his first full season in the Majors and will be under team control for at least the next four years. In 2010 he posted a 2.90 ERA over 59.0 innings with a 6.7 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9. Prior to last season Baseball America had ranked him 24th amongst Padres prospects.
Some have speculated that Webb could end up taking on a late inning role with the Marlins, perhaps in a setup capacity. He and Mujica give the team two additional options to a bullpen that should look dramatically different from last season when you add in Dustin Richardson who they had picked up from Boston in the Miller deal.