AGonzalez11 Posted July 8, 2005 Share Posted July 8, 2005 Affeldt possible for relief By Juan C. Rodriguez and Mike Berardino Staff Writers Posted July 8 2005 MIAMI GARDENS ? While the Marlins continue to monitor the status of veteran lefty Mike Stanton, expected to become a free agent this weekend, they also have their eye on a younger option. They have talked to the Royals about lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who had 13 saves in 17 chances last season. However, the rebuilding Royals are expected to ask for a top young corner outfielder in return, and the Marlins have deemed Double-A outfielder Jeremy Hermida untouchable. No other high-level Marlins prospect would seem to fit that demand. At least a half-dozen clubs have inquired about Affeldt, 26, who is rehabbing a groin injury at Triple-A Omaha. Affeldt, who has been bothered by blister problems in the past, had a 6.48 ERA in nine outings for Omaha. He touched 96 mph this week, but in 81/3 innings at Omaha he had allowed nine hits and six walks. Affeldt is making $950,000 and is eligible for salary arbitration. It is possible the Royals could seek to expand a deal to include veteran outfielders Matt Stairs or Terrence Long. Both would fit the Marlins' need for a potent lefty bat, and the Marlins have shown interest in Stairs before. Stairs is making $1.2 million and leads the Royals with a .381 on-base percentage. Among the lefty bats the Marlins have not inquired about is Matt Lawton, whom the Pirates are expected to trade. The Marlins and Pirates did have preliminary discussions about left-hander Mark Redman, a member of the 2003 World Series team. Those talks have since cooled. I find the Hermida comment the most satisfying -- the last thing we need to do is deal a blue-chipper like Hermida the way we did in '03 -- I know it worked out well for us then, but lightning doesn't strike twice -- dealing Hermida for a rent-a-player would prove to be disastrous in the long run Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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