The Miami Marlins got the mound reinforcements they were looking for in a trade that cost them four players, including two minor leaguers.
Right-handed pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea were sent to Miami by the San Diego Padres on Friday in a seven-player deal.
The Marlins, eager to bolster their rotation in their fight for a playoff spot, will also get Colombian prospect Tayron Guerrero for rights Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps and two minor leaguers: pitcher Luis Castillo and first baseman Josh Naylor. .
Cashner is 4-7 this year with a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts, and he has a career record of 30-49 with a 3.73 ERA in seven seasons. Rea, who is in his second season in the big leagues, is 5-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 games this year.
Cashner has a $7.15 million contract and becomes a free agent at the end of this season. Rea, 26, receives a salary of $510,200 and is under contract with the team through 2018.
The prize in the deal for the Padres could be Naylor, a 19-year-old power left-handed hitter who was acquired by the Marlins in the first round of the 2015 draft. He is batting .269 with nine homers this year with the Greensboro team in Category A.
Cosart, meanwhile, went 13-11 in 2014 with Houston and Miami, but has since struggled from the mound. This year he is 0-1 with a 5.95 ERA after four starts with the Marlins, and is 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A New Orleans.
Capps, a heavy-pitching reliever, underwent Tommy John surgery in March and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
The Marlins are in contention for their first playoff berth since 2003 despite a shaky rotation. Not counting Cuban ace José Fernandez, their starters are 23-24 with a 4.40 ERA.
The trade would be the second between the two teams this summer. In June, the Marlins acquired reliever Fernando Rodney in exchange for a pitcher from the minors. AP