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Cameron Maybin Traded To Padres For Relievers

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Yesterday, the Florida Marlins traded away Andrew Miller to the Boston Red Sox. Today, the Fish traded away Cameron Maybin to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, two relief pitchers. Both Miller and Maybin were the key pieces to the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera out of Florida and into Detroit.

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I can understand trading Andrew Miller. His control simply isn't there. He walked 76 batters in 101 innings in the minors this year and 26 in 32.2 innings with the Marlins. He'll be 26 next year and he simply hasn't figured it out yet with the Marlins. I would have wanted something other than Dustin Richardson in return for him though - a lefty with command problems. Marlins president Larry Beinfest said it's because of the options left on Richardson's contract, but still. 

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The Maybin trade is shocking. He'll be 24 next April and he still showed signs of life in 2010. He struggled with the Marlins, hitting .234/.302/.361 in 291 at bats but he hit very well in AAA: .340/.415/.525 with four home runs in 130 at bats. Sometimes players just need at bats at the big league level to figure it all out. Through age 23, Maybin has hit .246/.313/.380 in 548 at bats. It's not a good line whatsoever but his age has to be taken into consideration.

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It's a shame the Rangers didn't get into talks for Maybin. An outfield of Hamilton, Maybin and Cruz would have been appealing to me. I still believe that Maybin will turn into a pretty good center fielder, perhaps in the mold of Mike Cameron. The price, to me, was pretty cheap with only Webb and Mujica headed to Florida. Surely the Rangers could have matched that. Maybin might not fit precisely into the Rangers immediate plans, but accumulating talent, especially with the middle positions, is a really nice luxury. 

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