Needing Catchers, Marlins Acquire Ramon Castro

Marlins trade the struggling Jay Powell and a minor leaguer Scott Makarewicz to the Houston Astros for minor league catcher Ramon Castro, the Astros’ top pick in the 1994 entry draft. The Marlins organization lacked any catching prospect forcing the acquisition. GM Dave Dombrowski considers Castro to be very close to the Major League level. He has been assigned to AA Portland. Rob Stainfer was recalled to take his spot on the roster.

Preston Wilson Arrives as Piazza is Traded to Mets

The Marlins have traded Mike Piazza to the New York Mets after 5 games with the club.

The Marlins receive three top-prospects: Preston Wilson (Mookie’s step-son), Ed Yarnall (Coral Springs, FL and St. Thomas H.S.), and Geoff Goetz. Wilson is an impressive outfielder. Yarnall and Goetz are both pitchers. The left-handed Yarnall was 7-0 with an 0.39 ERA in AA prior to the trade. The Marlins have also called up Mike Redmond from AAA to backup Greg Zaun.

The Marlins payroll is now at $16,204,000.

Marlins Acquire Piazza and Zeile for Sheffield, Bonilla, CJ and Eisenreich

In an amazing turn of events, the Florida Marlins traded away all their remaining high priced players – Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios to the Dodgers in return for All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile. The deal will be completed once Sheffield agrees to waive his no-trade clause.

Piazza is on the last year of a two-year $15 million contract. The Dodgers have disappointed many in their performance this year. The Marlins are dumping $26 million from their payroll for $11.2 million. Piazza is a free-agent at the end of the season. This trade began as discussions regarding Jim Eisenreich. The Marlins will now try to trade Todd Zeile and Piazza, who command more value because their lower salaries and performance.

Marlins payroll is now at $24,034,000.

Update: Sports Illustrated – Trade of the Century: An Inside Look

Chris Hammond Returns

Despite struggling in his minor league performances, the Marlins have called up their former ace, Chris Hammond. Hammond is currently one win behind Brown for second on the Marlins’ all-time win list. The lefty has struggled with the Red Sox and Royals. When the Marlins signed him, late in the spring, they agreed to evaluate his condition on May 15. That means that he will probably make 2 starts and then the Marlins will decide if they will keep him or release him. Manuel Barrios was sent back to Charlotte.

Sanchez Wins Pitchers Duel

The Marlins earned a 1-0 win over the Padres as Jesus Sanchez, Felix Heredia and Jay Powell combined to shutout the league leading Padres. Sanchez allowed only 4 hits in 6 innings striking out 7 to earn his first major league victory. The only Marlins run came when Craig Counsell grounded out to score Jim Eisnreich in the bottom of the second. It was the first shutout for the Marlins this season. 18,644 enjoyed the pitching duel.