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Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to the Mariners

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The Marlins have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Mariners. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald was the first to report that he was being traded. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported the full deal. The Marlins will receive a player — not yet identified — and international bonus pool money in exchange.

Maybin, on his second tour of duty with the Marlins, is hitting .251/.338/.343 with three homers and eight stolen bases on the year. He’s being paid $3.2 million for the entire season, so the third or so of that that’s remaining is not too big a burden.

Guillermo Heredia has been playing center most of the season, but his bat has been a liability and he really profiles more as a fourth outfielder than a starter. Maybin will take over and, in all likelihood, provide an upgrade.

Report: MLB, MLBPA discussing potential to play all games in Arizona

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Per Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have been discussing the idea of playing the 2020 season entirely in Arizona. The state has 10 spring training parks as well as Chase Field, home to the Diamondbacks. MLB suspended the 2020 season last month as the U.S. began to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This certainly comes as no surprise as commissioner Rob Manfred has suggested the need to potentially get “creative” if MLB is to have a season. Other ideas have included running the season deep into the fall, hosting games in mostly warm-weather states, and making use of frequent doubleheaders.

For many reasons, the U.S. has not done well to date dealing with the pandemic, so it is quite optimistic to expect sports to return at any point in the near future. That being said, agent Scott Boras, who spoke to Blum, suggested baseball’s return could provide “a necessary product that gives all the people that are isolated enjoyment.” He added that that product would be “inspirational to our country.”

MLB and all of its associated interests stand to lose significant amounts of money the longer the season is delayed, which is why many are champing at the bit for the schedule to resume. Presumably, any resumption of the schedule would require that games not be played in front of fans.