Nick Johnson a Marlin (Updated x 2)

The Marlins have acquired 1B Nick Johnson from the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Aaron Thompson. Despite earlier rumors that the deal was dead after the Nats rejected Ryan Tucker, it’s amazing that the Fish were able to close the deal for only Thompson. This is bad news for Emilio Bonifacio who will likely move into a utility role while Jorge Cantu returns to 3B.

Update: Beinfest and Hill clearly out maneuvered the Nats. Not only did they complete the trade for a lesser prospect, they also convinced the Nats to cover Johnson’s remaining $1.8 million salary.

Andrew Miller Shipped to AAA

In a somewhat unexpected move, the Marlins sent Andrew Miller to AAA after a terrible outing against the Phillies. Miller showed no control of his pitches and at times his velocity was in the low 80s. Rick VandenHurk, who pitched 6 good innings last night against the Padres, will assume Miller‘s spot in the rotation. With 12 pitchers already on the roster, the Marlins are likely to call up a position player.

West Back to AA After Another Tough Outing

Sean West was sent down to AA after another bad outing. Despite showing signs of great potential, West struggled often and was never able to establish a second successful pitch. The Fish will likely bring up a reliever as they don’t need a 5th starter for another week or so.

Update: Veteran reliever Luis Ayala was called up.