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Cameron Maybin traded to San Diego Padres


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According to Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro, the Marlins have engaged in trade talks with the Padres and Royals about Cameron Maybin. Cameron Maybin joined the Marlins as a key piece of the Miguel Cabrera trade back in 2007. Maybin was a top 10 prospect, according to Baseball America, when he was traded to the Marlins. The Marlins felt that Andrew Miller would become the team's front of the rotation starter, and Cameron Maybin would be the team's five tool center fielder. However, it seems that the Marlins may have decided to pull the plug on the Maybin experiment. Yesterday, the Marlins traded Andrew Miller to the Red Sox for LHP Dustin Richardson.


Each of the past two seasons Maybin has won the starting center field job out of Spring Training. However, he struggled both times. Prior to his demotion this past season, Maybin was batting .225 with an OPS of .631. Despite his speed, he only had 9 SB's.


One player that could possibly be discussed in a trade of Maybin is Alex Gordon. Gordon was drafted 2nd overall in 2005 by the Kansas City Royals. After completely demolishing minor league pitching, Gordon was called up to the majors in 2007. He struggled, hitting only .247 and striking out a whopping 137 times. In his four years with the Royals, he has failed to meet the expectations. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star recently reported that Gordon had generated interest from numerous clubs. General manager Dayton Moore has come out and said they would like to keep Gordon for at least one more season.


Other names to look out for are Luke Gregerson, Drew Cumberland, Tim Melville, Cory Luebke, and Aaron Poreda. Heath Bell has also been mentioned as a possibility.



Update: Cameron Maybin has been traded to the San Diego Padres for Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.


Mujica posted a 3.72 ERA with a 0.93 WHIP and a 72/6 strikeout to walk ratio. Webb put up a 2.90 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP and a 44/19 strikeout to walk ratio.


Both players help a Marlins bullpen that blew 25 saves last season.


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