Saturday, November 13, 2010

Padres acquire Cameron Maybin from Florida

The Padres made their first move of the offseason Saturday, acquiring outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Florida Marlins, in exchange for right-handed relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.

Once upon a time, Maybin was considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball.  He along with Andrew Miller, was the centerpiece of the Miguel Cabrera trade a few years ago.

In 2010, Maybin struggled, hitting just .234, with 8 HR's and 28 RBI's.  He did play an above-average centerfield, according to UZR.  Maybin is still just 23, and has the potential to be a star.

In return, the Marlins received two relievers who should improve their bullpen dramatically.

Ryan Webb, 24, pitched in 54 games for San Diego, with a 2.90 ERA.  He features a mid-90's fastball, and a hard curve.  He should be able to step into a late inning setup role for the Fish.

Edward Mujica is somewhat of a statistical anomaly.  He had 72 strikeouts and only 6 walks in 69 2/3 innings, yet gave up 14 homers, while pitching half of his games at Petco Park.  He has the ability to start or relieve which gives the Marlins added flexibility.

Kevin Says:  I give the slight advantage on this deal to the Padres.  Anytime you can add a potential five-tool outfielder, for a couple of relievers, its a deal you have to do.  Maybin is still just 23, and perhaps a change of scenery will benefit him.  If he hits .260 with 10 HR's, he is a clear upgrade to what San Diego sent out to battle in 2010.

Ryan Webb could be a potential closer with the stuff he has, although his numbers are a little deceiving.  He gave up more hits than innings pitched, and his strike out rate isn't eye popping.  He is under team control for two more seasons.

Mujica is eligible for arbitration for the first time, but shouldn't command more that $750,000.  If he cuts down on the homers, he could be great.  This trade should benefit both teams.

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