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Reports: Marlins to acquire Cashner, Rea from Padres

The Marlins aren't just adding one starter to their rotation. They're adding two.

But right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea aren't coming cheap.

The Marlins are giving up starting pitcher Jarred Cosart, injured reliever Carter Capps, and two of their top minor-league prospects, first baseman Josh Naylor and pitcher Luis Castillo, to complete the deal, according to various reports. The Marlins are also getting minor-league reliever Tayron Guerrero in the deal. Guerrero is a 6-foot-8-inch right-hander who throws in the high 90s.

Cashner (4-7, 4.76) is a two-month rental who will become a free agent after the season. Rea, on the other hand, is under team control through 2021. Rea has gone 5-5 with a 4.98 ERA.

The Marlins have been linked to Cashner for a while. But Rea's name has never been mentioned in any type of trade rumors.

The Marlins have been seeking rotation help for some time in their push to reach the postseason for the first time in 13 years. But there became an even greater urgency when Wei-Yin Chen landed on the disabled list. He is out indefinitely with a sprained left elbow.

The win-now deal for the Marlins is coming at a high price. While Cosart has been a disappointment the past two seasons, Naylor and Castillo represented arguably two of the top three or four prospects in what is a thin farm system -- one that becomes even thinner now. And Capps, while out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, is expected back before the start of 2017 and would have strengthened what is already a strong Marlins bullpen.

 

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