Orie, Noel and Speier Arrive from Cubs

7/31/98 — In a last minute trade, the Marlins filled the open gap in third base by acquiring Kevin Orrie from the Chicago Cubs for reliever Felix Heredia. The Marlins also receive minor league pitchers Todd Noel and Justin Speier, while the Cubs receive minor league pitcher Steve Hoff. Orie was the Cubs’ starting third baseman last year, but has struggled so far this year. Speier joins the Marlins bullpen, taking Heredia’s spot.

Ziele Sent to Rangers

Florida Marlins trade third baseman Todd Zeile to the Texas Rangers for to Class A ballplayers. The first prospect is Jose Santo, a 20-year-old third baseman, who hit .299 with 21 HR and 90 RBI at Class A Savannah, ranking third in the league in homers. The other is Dan DeYoung was 13-4, 4.02 at Class A Charlotte, leading the Florida State League in wins.

Meadows Joins Long List of Pitchers on DL

Brian Meadows joined fellow Marlins starters Rafael Medina, Joe Fontenot, and Eric Ludwick on the disabled list. Meadows strained his groin muscle during a horrible outing Monday in Houston. Meadows allowed 5 runs in the first inning and never seemed to settle in. Livan Hernandez is the only Marlins who was on the opening week rotation to still pitch. Jesus Sanchez, who joined the rotation two weeks into the season, along with Livan are the only starters who are not demoted or injured.

Meadows Wins Rookie-Leading 9th Game

Marlins end a 3-game losing streak by outpitching the Cubs in a 2-1 victory. Brian Meadows won his NL Rookie leading 9 game. The bullpen struck out all 6 men it faced. Todd Dunwoody scored the first Marlin run only to see a Henry Rodriguez home run tie the game. But a Todd Zeile solo home run over the scoreboard in left gave the Marlins the lead they needed. 32,000 watched and cheered as Matt Mantei struck out 4 to earn the save.

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.