Javy Guerra has allowed just one run in 12 innings since losing the Dodgers’ closer role to Kenley Jansen, but that includes more walks (5) than strikeouts (4) and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation.
To replace Guerra on the roster and in the bullpen the Dodgers called up Triple-A right-hander Shawn Tolleson, a 24-year-old former 30th-round pick who’s posted insanely good numbers in the minors with a 1.35 ERA and 178/28 K/BB ratio in 120 total innings.
That includes a 2.82 ERA and 34/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season, so while Tolleson has never been considered a top prospect he certainly deserves an opportunity to show if he’s for real.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.