Robert Andino, the guy who found himself stuck behind Hanley Ramirez , has finally been traded.
The Marlins traded Andino to Baltimore Wednesday for right-hander Hayden Penn, who will be in the Marlins' bullpen. Penn went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 21 starts for Triple A Norfolk.
Penn has had 14 major league starts and went 3-6 with a 9.41 ERA with the Orioles in 2005-06.
The Marlins have always liked Penn, and pitcing coach Mark Wiley has always lobbied to get the right-hander who has a big curveball..
"We've talked about him for a ot of years,'' said Larry Beinfest, the Marlins president of baseball operations. "Mark Wiley liked him when he was at Baltimore, and when Mark came to us in '05 he said if you ever get a chance to get Penn, get him.''
Andino, a utility infielder who was a second round pick in 2002, has been frustrated because of his lack of opportunities. He hit .201 (29 for 144) in his brief stints in the majors (79 games in four seasons), and batted .206 with two homers and nine RBI in 21 starts last season.
The Marlins also picked up left-handed first baseman Ross Gload from the Kansas City Royals for cash. The Marlins also will receive a player to be named in the deal.
Beinfest said he made the deal with the Royals for Gload Tuesday night, and that's why the Marlins released Dallas McPherson. They knew they had a left-handed bat on the way.
Beinfest said Gload was a "better fit,'' than McPherson because "of his experience, his versatily and he has hit left-handed pitching.''
The two trades help the bullpen and give the Marlins a much-needed left handed bat. Gload hit .273 last year with the Royals. The Marlins originally drafted Gload, 32, in the 13th round of the 1997 draft . But Gload never played with the Marlins. He has spent his career with the Cubs, White Sox and Royals.