It’s been less than a week since Cameron Maybin returned from a wrist injury that cost him 45 games, but now the Padres center fielder is facing another lengthy injury absence.
Maybin hurt his right knee diving for a ball in the outfield Sunday and the Padres announced that he’s been diagnosed with a torn posterior cruciate ligament, which is expected to sideline him for 6-10 weeks.
That puts a potential return date somewhere around mid-August and means any setback could cost Maybin the remainder of the season. As it stands now he’s played just 14 games and the Padres are back to using Chris Denorfia and Will Venable in center field.
UPDATE: San Diego called up Jaff Decker from Triple-A to help replace Maybin.
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.