Marlins deal 2nd top-10 pick in 2 days
The San Diego Padres announced today that they’ve acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Florida Marlins in exchange for right-handed pitchers Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb.
Maybin, 23, appeared in a career-high 82 games for the Marlins in 2010, making 74 starts in center field, and hitting .234 (68-for-291) with seven doubles, three triples and eight home runs, while driving in 28 RBI, scoring 46 runs and stealing nine bases.
The much-hyped outfielder posted the highest range factor per nine innings of any National League centerfielder with at least 70 games played in 2010 (3.11).
Originally signed by the Detroit Tigers as a first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Maybin’s hit .246 (135-for-548) with 24 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBI, 93 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in 168 games over parts of four seasons with the Tigers (2007) and Marlins (2008-10).
Maybin was traded by Detroit in a multi-player deal for Miguel Cabrera prior to the ’08 season. Once considered one of baseball’s top prospects, he’s struggled to make consistent contact at the plate in the majors, leading to several trips back to the minors.
Mujica, 26, made 59 relief appearances in his second year with the Padres in 2010. He went 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA (28 ER/69.2 IP) while recording 72 strikeouts compared to just six walks. His 12.00 strikeout/walk ratio was the best of any major league reliever. Since making his debut for the Cleveland Indians in 2006, he’s gone 8-9 with a 4.47 ERA (116 ER/233 IP) in 179 games (four starts).
Webb, 24, made a career-high 54 relief appearances over three stints with the Padres last season. In his second major league campaign, he went 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA (19 ER/59.0 IP), 44 strikeouts and 19 walks. Over parts of two big league seasons with the Padres (2009-10), he’s combined to go 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA (30 ER/85 IP) in 82 relief outings.
The day before this trade, the Marlins also traded former No. 6 overall draft pick LHP Andrew Miller to the Red Sox in return for fellow left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson. The underachieving Miller was drafted one spot ahead of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and four selections prior to Tim Lincecum, both of whom currently rank as the ace of their respective teams’ pitching staffs.