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Coghlan Injury Could Have Trade Ramifications

    By now, everyone knows the story. Chris Coghlan tore up his left knee on Sunday when he pied Wes Helms with shaving cream after his game-ending hit. Bizarre, but true. Coghlan will miss at least three weeks and could be out six to eight if there's surgery. He was expected to see another doctor on Tuesday for a second opinion, but the initial prognosis is not good.

    The Marlins are calling up Logan Morrison from Triple A to take Coghlan's roster spot, and will have him split time in left with Emilio Bonifacio, at least according to manager Edwin Rodriguez. In addition, Rodriguez said he would consider moving Hanley Ramirez to Coghlan's leadoff spot. A lot of the lineup details were stll sketchy late last night.

    So what does this mean with Saturday's trade deadline looming? While it doesn't necessarily kill a Jorge Cantu trade, it probably has the Marlins thinking twice about it. The original plan, if Cantu was traded, was to call up Morrison, put him in left, and prepare Coghlan to take over at third. Now, with Coghlan out of the picture for who knows how long, trading Cantu would limit the Marlins' options. They would have to go with either Wes Helms or Emilio Bonifacio at third -- possibly for the remainder of the season -- and cross their fingers on the unknown with the rookie Morrison in left. Helms has not shown he's an everyday third baseman and Bonifacio is a wild card. And if the Morrison experiment in left doesn't work out, what then? They can't return to Coghlan and stick hiim back out there. In other words, losing Coghlan to injury AND trading Cantu diminishes their options to a dangerous level.

    If you were the Marlins, what would you do regarding Cantu? Hang on to him, especially now that Coghlan is out? Or roll the dice and trade him anyway?


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If they do decide to trade Cantu, and I am betting that they will, then as much as it hurts to say this, it looks like it will be an Emilio/Helms platoon at third base. At least it can't be any worse defensively than it is now. Even without Coghlan hurt, third base would still be a problem if they move Cantu. You can't expect a guy who's been playing outfield for a year and a half now to all of a sudden pick up that position and play it well.

The outfield is less of an issue I think. Put Morrison out in left everyday and if he struggles, have him split time with Peterson or bring up Maybin when he is ready and have Cody play left. Chances are that if they are going to let Stanton play everyday in right, then Logan will get a shot in left as well.

Hopefully Logan turns out to be a stud and the solid lefty bat that we really need.


You can't let the Coughlan injury change the trade plans with Cantu. They aren't making the playoffs this year and aren't going to keep Cantu past this season. You trade Cantu now if you can get a good return for him and think big picture. With Morrison and Maybin sitting in the minors (probably solely based on being blocked) you have to make room for them next year. If the plan is to keep Uggla, Cantu is the most logical person to be let go.


Trade him only if you are going to get legitimate bullpen help not prospects. Why is everybody hung up on who will play third? I will ask again what about Hector Luna? I don't know anything about this guy but he's got good numbers at AAA. He's batting over .300 and has 70 RBI sounds like a productive guy.


Trade Cantu and his horrible defense and let Bonifacio/Helms play third and Morrison in left field.


how about trading for Mike Lowell, he can fill the void at 3rd base and than we look into a new option after the season.


I think if you can get some value for Cantu you trade him. Coghlan hasn't taken grounds at third all season, so I'm not sure they were going to move him there anyway. I say platoon Helms and Bonifacio and possibly platoon Morrison and Maybin (after they call him up).


The season is over for the fish, at least get something for him. His offense and defense is slowing going down hill, so get something...


"The season is over for the Fish"? 5.5 games out of the Wildcard and you make one of if not the dumbest statements of the year. This team is playing well all of a sudden. Not having Chris for awhile hurts but is not the end of "the season" Trade Cantu, roll the dice and go for it.


Trade Cantu to the Rangers or whoever will give us a couple bullpen arms. We can win with a platoon at third but not with this bullpen.

(How about Cantu to the Giants for Freddy Sanchez and Guillermo Mota?)


Trade, need desperate bullpen help!!


Give me a break what could you get for Cantu? His defense is lousy limiting him to 1st base or DH and batting below 260 and under performing with power, if you could get anything that would be bullpen help that would be beneficial.

Craig Stewart

I like this idea from Danny:

how about trading for Mike Lowell, he can fill the void at 3rd base and than we look into a new option after the season.

A Miami boy coming home to finish out his career. End it with a World Series in 2012 in the new stadium.


I have no problem going with Helms and Bonifacio the rest of the season at third, with the intent of Coughlin moving to the infield next season.

I am not sure what is going on with Maybin back in the minors.

Interesting that the Marlins recalled both Peterson and Morrison, but they need to determine in the next two months, whether Cameron is their future center fielder, because other than Cody Ross, they have no one to play that position everyday.

Bob Wilson

I am in New Orleans-please let us keep a few of these guys! If you take Luna we are done for sure!

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