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Marlins Fans: Less Happy

Another way to judge a trade: See what fans of the opposition think.

The Nats' acquisition of Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen from the Marlins seemed to be well-received among the Nats Journal faithful. Not surprisingly, Marlins fans who participated in a poll on the Miami Herald's Fish Bytes blog were less than happy with their end of the bargain.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 18, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
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For the most part, the Marlins have made quality trade-the-now-for-the-future deals over the past few years.

When the Marlins traded Carlos Delgado to the Mets for Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit, and Grant Psomas, it was obvious that Jacobs would blossom into a solid hitter (which he did), and Petit has pitched well for Arizona since being traded there.

On November 24, 2005, the Florida Marlins traded Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett and Guillermo Mota to the Boston Red Sox for Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Harvey Garcia, and Jesus Delgado. There was no question that Ramirez would become a star, and that Sanchez would also do well (and he has, going 14-9, 3.86 for Florida). The other two still have time to blossom.

When the Marlins' fans look at the Willingham trade, they don't see the same type of hope. Bonifacio has played enough at the major league level to say he's not going to be a star. And neither Dean nor Smolinski have a "can't miss" tag anywhere on their persons.

It was a salary dump, pure and simple. They didn't get prospects in return, but the Marlins will be okay because they have young players ready to step in and replace both Willingham and Olsen.

Posted by: rushfari | November 18, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

He he. In short, we won this one.

Posted by: NatsNut | November 18, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

i'll have to dispute that jacobs has "blossomed." i agree with neyer's take on him.

Mike Jacobs is not a good baseball player. He's just not. Jacobs' career OPS+ is 110. That number almost perfectly describes Jacobs' current abilities, as he has been quite consistent. Here are his OPS+ numbers for the past three years: 106, 100, 109. Good for a hitter, but not for a hitter who plays first base.

Yes, he did hit 32 home runs last season. To be a good hitter with a .299 on-base percentage, you have to hit at least 40 homers. Maybe 50.

Oh, and fielding? According to the numbers, Jacobs is one of the worst-fielding first basemen in the majors. He's lousy on bunts, he's lousy on the balls hit to his left, he's lousy on the balls hit to his right and he's lousy on … wait for it … the balls hit right at him.

Posted by: sec231 | November 18, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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