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July 24, 2017

Tom Koehler optioned to NOLA, Cervenka recalled

Following his latest tough outing, the Marlins optioned struggling starting pitcher Tom Koehler to Triple A New Orleans on Monday.

            Since July 1 when he was activated from the disabled list (right shoulder bursitis), Koehler has gone 0-3 with a 9.87 ERA in four starts. Koehler has allowed 15 home runs, including three in Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Reds and given up 19 earned runs in 15 innings.

            Koehler has gone 1-5 this season with a 7.92 ERA in 12 starts (55 2/3 innings), higher than only Bartolo Colon’s 8.19 ERA among major-league starters who have thrown at least 40 innings.

            Koehler’s demotion means the Marlins will have to choose a starter to replace him for Friday’s start at Marlins Park against the Reds.

            The Marlins called up reliever Hunter Cervenka from NOLA to fill the roster spot.

When Cervenka pitches, it will be his first action of the season in a Marlins’ uniform. Cervenka has gone 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 34 innings (36 appearances) at Triple A New Orleans this season with 34 strikeouts and 21 walks.

Cervenka posted a 4.82 ERA in 9 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and five walks last season.

July 20, 2017

Marlins trade David Phelps to Mariners for four prospects

In one of the moves expected to be made before the trade deadline, the Miami Herald confirmed reports that the Marlins have reached an agreement to send reliever David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in exchange for four prospects.

The Marlins had not yet confirmed the trade as of early Thursday afternoon.

But according to multiple reports, the Marlins would acquire 19-year old Venezuelan center fielder Brayan Hernandez as well as right-handed pitching prospects Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez and Lukas Schiraldi.

Hernandez is the top-rated prospect, ranked sixth in the Mariners system according to MLBPipeline.com.

Hernandez hit .252 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 112 appearances in short season Single A ball for the Mariners, and is likely still a few years from the majors.

The Mariners signed him in 2014 to a $1.85 million bonus as an international prospect.

Miller, ranked No. 16 in the Mariners’ system, is a starting pitcher from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, drafted by Seattle last year in the sixth round. The 22-year old righty is 9-4 with a 3.65 ERA in Single A ball this season.

Lopez, a 21-year old Venezuelan, is ranked 22nd for Seattle, and is 5-8 with a 5.04 ERA playing the Single A advanced level this year.

Schiraldi, 23, is not ranked among the top 30 Mariners prospects. Schiraldi, a native of Austin, Texas and 15th- round pick in the 2014 draft, projects as a reliever.

Phelps, 30, has shown his value as a starter and reliever during his career, although he has pitched primarily as a set-up reliever the past two seasons for the Marlins.

This season, Phelps is 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 47 innings (44 appearances). The Mariners are expected to pick up the remainder of Phelps’ one-year, $4.6 million deal he signed before the season. Phelps is arbitration eligible next season and would become a free agent after the 2018 season.

The Mariners are hoping the move can bolster their bullpen and keep them in contention. Seattle entered Thursday only 1½ games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Marlins are also discussing a potential trade for closer A.J. Ramos with several teams in advance of the July 31 deadline.