Remember Dan Straily?
If you do, you probably have one of four ideas:
(1) He was an up-and-coming type with the A’s about six years ago, and did show some signs of success;
(2) He was traded to the Cubs in the Samardzija-Hammel-Russell-McKinney deal and never quite put it together with the Cubs;
(3) He was then traded by the Cubs to the Astros, together with Luis Valbuena, for Dexter Fowler (you forgot Straily was in that one, didn’t you?); and
(4) He eventually wound up with the Reds and this happened:
TFW you were asked to retire Kris Bryant multiple times. pic.twitter.com/T9UhASc4gj
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) June 28, 2016
All right, whether you remember any of that or not, know this today: Straily’s being dealt from the Reds to the Marlins:
Sources: Marlins near deal for starter Dan Straily from Cincinnati. RHP Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, plus third prospect, go to Reds.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2017
Straily, 28, had a quietly nice year for the Reds in 2016 (great results, questionable peripherals – but it could be because he found more ways to manage contact as the year went on), and represents a solid depth move for the Marlins. I’m reminded in this moment of Jose Fernandez’s sudden passing, and the significant impact it had on the Marlins’ pitching situation (to say nothing of the impact it had on all of us who enjoyed his presence in the game, and on his friends and family – that, of course, is much more important, but in the context of this kind of trade, we’ve got to mention the baseball impact of Fernandez’s death).
For reclaiming Straily a bit last year, the Reds get a quality pitching prospect in Luis Castillo, whom you might remember as the guy the Marlins got back from the Padres after the whole hiding-medical-information-Colin-Rea-elbow-injury scandal.
Whatever they get out of Castillo and/or Brice and/or “third prospect”, it’ll be a win for the rebuilding Reds, who got Straily for free last year. You can look for the Reds to be mind-blowingly awful again in 2017, but their farm system is slowly making progress.