The Marlins acquired short stop Benji Gil from the Chicago White Sox in the Rule V Draft. Gil, 26, once a starter for the Texas Rangers, played last year in AAA Birmingham. In the same draft, Eric Ludwick, who started last season in the Marlins’ rotation, was taken by the Detroit Tigers and then traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Ludwick was the third player taken in the Rule V Draft. He must remain on Toronto’s 40-Man Roster or he will be offered back to the Marlins for $25,000. The first pick belonged to the Marlins, who acquired left handed pitcher Alberto Blanco from the Houston Astros and then traded him for cash to the Detroit Tigers. The Marlins also lost minor leaguers Tim McClaskey (RHP), Portland, Scott Dewitt (LHP), Portland, and Ismael Reynoso (SS).
The Marlins have traded all-star shortstop Edgar Renteria to the St. Louis Cardinals for three minor leaguers: Shortstop Pablo Ozuna (20), Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .357 last seaston) and pitchers Braden Looper (RHP, 24) and Armando Almanza (LHP, 26).
The Marlins acquired another catcher, Guillermo Garcia, from the Reds in exchange for pitcher Manuel Barrios. Barrios and Oscar Henriquez were both acquired in the Alou trade, and now both have been traded for catchers. Barrios was also part of the Great Trade of 1998, only to be released by the Dodgers and resigned by the Marlins. The 26 year old Garcia had a good season in AAA and played in 12 games for the Reds. He is expectected to challenge Mike Redmond for the backup job.