UPDATE: Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to Padres for two relievers

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UPDATE: Well, the Marlins may have the bullpen help they were looking for. According to Krasovic, the Marlins will acquire right-handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica from the Padres in exchange for Maybin.

Webb, who turns 25 in February, posted a 2.90 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio over 59 innings with the Padres this past season. Acquired from the A’s in the Scott Hairston trade last July, Webb was fifth among MLB relievers in 2010 with a groundball rate of 62.3 percent.

Mujica finally realized his potential after coming over from the Indians in the spring of 2009, posting a 3.80 ERA in 126 appearances over the past two seasons. The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.62 ERA to go along with a stingy 72/6 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings this past season. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Either pitcher could be a potential closer.

The Padres still managed to keep Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams, so while a trade involving Heath Bell now looks less likely, it isn’t completely out of the question.

4:00 PM: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, the Marlins have traded Maybin to the Padres, pending a physical. No word yet on who the Marlins received in return.

3:28 PM: A source tells Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that Maybin “will be traded” and that a deal between the Marlins and Padres is “getting close.”

Passan adds that the Marlins were talking to the Royals about Alex Gordon earlier, though they apparently found a better offer from the Padres. With the Marlins looking for relief help, any chance Heath Bell could be one of the names on the table? Multi-player deal involving Dan Uggla? All speculation, but that’s what makes the Hot Stove so fun and ridiculous, after all.

1:26 PM: Frisaro adds that the Marlins have also spoken with the Royals about Maybin.

1:08 PM: The Marlins are discussing a trade that would send Cameron Maybin to the Padres, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Maybin was regarded as one of the top outfield prospects in the game when he was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Miguel Cabrera trade in December of 2007, but has failed to live up to the hype thus far, batting .257/.323/.391 with 12 homers, 43 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 557 plate appearances as a member of the Fish. He’ll go into spring training next season out of options.

Still, it’s not hard to see why the Padres would be interested. Despite his lack of polish at the plate, Maybin rates above average in center field according to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) and doesn’t turn 24 until next April.

Andrew Miller, another big piece of the Cabrera trade, was traded to the Red Sox last night.

Bud Norris exits outing with right knee soreness

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Angels’ right-handed reliever Bud Norris made his 23rd appearance of the season on Friday, and after just three pitches, he was done for the night. He worked a 2-1 count to Marlins’ Dee Gordon in the eighth inning, then promptly exited the field after experiencing some tightness in his right knee. Neither Norris nor manager Mike Scioscia believe the injury is cause for major concern, and the 32-year-old right-hander admitted that it may have had something to do with his lack of stretching before he took the mound. For now, he’s day-to-day with right knee soreness, with the hope that the issue doesn’t escalate over the next few days.

While the Angels are lucky to have avoided serious injury, they’ll need Norris to pitch at 100% if they want to stay competitive within the AL West. They currently sit a full nine games behind the league-leading Astros, and haven’t been helping their cause after taking five losses in their last eight games. Friday’s 8-5 finale marked their third consecutive loss of the week.

 

When healthy, Norris has been one of the better arms in the Angels’ bullpen. Through 23 2/3 innings, he’s pitched to a 2.66 ERA, 3.4 BB/9 and an outstanding 11.8 SO/9 in 23 outings. The righty hasn’t allowed a single run in four straight appearances, recording three saves and helping the club clinch four wins in that span. This is his second setback of the year after sustaining a partial fingernail tear on his pitching hand during spring training.

Video: Max Scherzer sets record with 13-strikeout outing

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Max Scherzer is a force to be reckoned with. The Nationals’ right-hander delivered a season-high 13 strikeouts against the Padres on Friday, locking down his fifth win and his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the year.

More remarkably, it was also the 53rd double-digit strikeout performance of Scherzer’s career, tying Clayton Kershaw for the most 10+ strikeout appearances by an active major league pitcher. Chris Sale is a distant third, with 43 to his name, though he’s been making considerable strides to catch up so far this spring.

Scherzer took the Padres to task on Friday night, whiffing 13 of 31 batters during his 108-pitch outing. He started strong, catching Allen Cordoba swinging on a 1-2 count to start the game and keeping the game scoreless until Ryan Schimpf unleashed a home run in the fourth inning. That was the first and final run the Padres managed off of Scherzer, who retired 14 consecutive batters following the blast and came one out shy of a complete game in the ninth inning. (Fittingly, Koda Glover polished off the win with a final strikeout, bringing the total to 14 on the night.)

It’ll take more than one stellar start to advance Scherzer and Kershaw on the all-time list, however. Their 53-game record ranks 13th, about 159 games behind second-place Hall of Fame hurler Randy Johnson and a full 162 games shy of the inimitable Nolan Ryan.