The Marlins formally announced the Scott Olsen/Josh Willingham trade in a press release that was issued a moment ago. No surprising details, with the Marlins receiving second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and prospects P.J. Dean and Jake Smolinksi in the deal, as widely reported.
The release contained a canned quote from Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president of baseball operations: "It is not easy to part with individuals who have come up in this organization and been a valuable part of the Florida Marlins. They will both be missed and we wish them nothing but the best in their careers. In return, Bonifacio is a switch hitter and above average runner and defender who is Major League ready. Smolinski and Dean have high top ends and we look forward to them joining the Marlins in the near future."
The Marlins have arranged a 2 p.m. teleconference with Beinfest and the media.
It'll be interesting to see how the Marlins sort out what is now a crowded infield. If Bonifacio is major league "ready," as Beinfest says, that means something has to give. The corner spots are already clogged with Gaby Sanchez, Wes Helms, Jorge Cantu and Dallas McPherson. The logjam in the middle of the infield has Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Alfredo Amezaga, Robert Andino and -- now -- Bonifacio. So it stands to reason more trades are forthcoming.