Aybar Sent to Cubs

The Florida Marlins announced today they have acquired left-handed pitcher Oswaldo Mairena from the Chicago Cubs for Manny Aybar. Mairena, 25, spent time with the Cubs and Yankees last season. Chicago acquired him on July 21, 2000 from New York along with pitcher Ben Ford for outfielder Glenallen Hill. He made his Major League debut on September 5 at Colorado. Mariena had a combined 2-6 record with a 3.26 ERA in 53 minor league games last season. He spent time with AAA Columbus, AA Norwich, AA West Tennessee and AAA Iowa last year. Mairena has appeared in two Major League games, both with Chicago, and has allowed four earned runs in two innings pitched.

Kotsay to San Diego for Clement

Mark Kotsay was traded to the San Diego Padres along with OF Cesar Crespo for RHP Matt Clement, OF Eric Owens, and RHP Omar Ortiz. Clement, 26, went 13-17, with a 5.14 ERA in 34 starts for San Diego last season. In his second full season in the majors, Clement led the Padres in wins, starts, innings (205.0) and strikeouts (170). His 170 strikeouts were the 10th most in Padre history and his 7.46 K

Marlins Claim Lefty off Waivers

The Florida Marlins announced today they have claimed left-handed pitcher Horacio Estrada off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. To make room for Estrada, the Marlins have placed right-handed pitcher Alex Fernandez on the 60-day disabled list. Estrada, 25, was 3-0 with a 6.29 ERA in seven games (four starts) with Milwaukee in 2000, and 14-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 25 starts at AAA Indianapolis last season.

Marlins Lock-up Preston Wilson for the Future

The Florida Marlins have announced they have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with center fielder Preston Wilson. President and General Manager David Dombrowski made the announcement. Wilson, 26, batted .264 with career highs in home runs (31), RBI (121) and stolen bases (36) last season. He became just the 23rd player in Major League history and the first Marlin to produce a 30-30 season. It marked the 38 th time a player has produced a 30-30 season in the Majors with Wilson becoming the 14 th active player in the club.

Braden Looper Signs for 3 Years, $2.6 Million

The Marlins have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with right-handed pitcher Braden Looper. Looper, 26, went 5-1 with a 4.41 ERA and two saves in 73 games last season. His 73 appearances tied for ninth in the National League and equaled the third highest in Club history, behind Robb Nen (75 in 1996) and Jay Powell (74 in 1997). Looper won five straight decisions from June 3 to September 10 to finish the season tied for eighth in wins among Major League relievers. He earned his first Major League save on June 16, 2000 at Pittsburgh.

Mike Lowell Signs a 3-Year Deal Worth $6.5 million

The Marlins have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with third baseman Mike Lowell. Lowell, 27, batted .270 with a 22 home runs and 91 RBI in his first full Major League season. His team-high 38 doubles were the third-highest total in Club history behind Cliff Floyd’s 45 in 1998 and Bobby Bonilla’s 39 in 1997. Lowell’s 11 sacrifice hits last season tied for fifth in the National League and were the second-highest in team history behind Jeff Conine’s 12 in 1995.