In an effort to acquire actual major-league baseball players for their roster following a coronavirus outbreak within their clubhouse, the Marlins traded for Orioles reliever Richard Bleier Saturday for a player to be named later.
The player Baltimore will receive in the deal is not on the Marlins' 60-man player pool for the 2020 season. Bleier appeared in just two games for the Orioles in 2020, striking out four batters in three innings of work.
While the Marlins were certainly put in a position to need any player they could get their hands on, Miami apparently had interest in the 33-year-old lefty before their roster was obliterated by coronavirus.
"Before their most recent crisis began, they had had interest in Richard," Orioles GM Mike Elias said, per BaltimoreBaseball.com. "He's been a leader in the bullpen. He pitched through injury at times. He's an Oriole. It's tough seeing him leave. It's part of the process and the transition that this club is going through. We know things like this happen. We did it last year. It's happening this year."
Now, Bleier will have to turn around and pitch against his former team. Major League Baseball announced Saturday that the Marlins and Orioles will play each other four times in three days in the coming week. Games begin on Tuesday, August 4 and will run through Thursday, August 6.
Miami is shorthanded and will need their pitchers to eat as many innings as possible, so Baltimore should expect to see plenty of their old friend.
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