Kim Ng made her first trade on Monday since becoming Major League Baseball’s first female general manager.
Ng pulled the trigger on a trade for Adam Cimber, a 30-year-old righty who had a 4.30 ERA over the past three seasons in Cleveland. Cimber is distinguishable for his submarine delivery. He doesn’t throw terribly hard, but gets a good amount of ground balls. Despite a successful season that saw them make an unexpected postseason run, the Marlins ranked fifth-worst in bullpen ERA. Cimber won’t fix that on his own, but he’ll likely help.
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The Indians aren’t getting a player in return, rather straight cash. The Associated Press reports that the Marlins are sending $100,000 to Cleveland. Probably not enough to give Francisco Lindor an extension, sorry Indians fans.
The more interesting part of this may be the Marlins parting ways with Ureña, who was their opening day starter in 2018 and 2019. In a corresponding move, he was designated for assignment, freeing up a roster space for Cimber.
The Marlins have a good amount of young pitching, which is what helped fuel their postseason run. Ureña had a 5.40 ERA last season. So it makes sense. But another team is likely to pick him up in hopes of turning him around.
Now that he’s been DFA’d, Ureña will be placed on waivers. All 30 teams have a chance to claim him. If they don’t, he can be sent to the minor leagues, traded or released.
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