Remember the Kevin Gregg trade, the one in which the Marlins dumped salary by dealing the closer to the Chicago Cubs for 280-lb. reliever Jose Ceda? Turns out that one isn't working out so hot for the Fish. While Gregg is closing for the Cubs, Ceda is on the mend from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
The idea was for Ceda to start the season at Double A Jacksonville and, if all went well, receive a mid- or late-season promotion to supply bullpen help. Well, that's not happening now. Ceda never threw a pitch in the minors before going under the knife. For that matter, the Marlins shut him down one or two days into spring training. So that makes two relievers obtained by the Marlins over the winter -- with Scott Proctor being the other -- who have provided zero return and a couple of surgery bills.
Andrew Miller vs. David Price
Kind of an interesting side note to this afternoon's matchup between the Marlins' Andrew Miller and the Rays' David Price. Both are former winners of the Roger Clemens Award given to the best college pitcher. Miller won in 2006 while Price picked up his hardware in '07. Here are the two happy collegians posing with the Rocket: