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The Indians’ bullpen is beginning to look similar to the Kansas City Royals’ of the past few years: dominant. That will be necessary to get through some of the AL’s more powerful offenses in the playoffs. This is a move that screams, “OCTOBER!”
They were patient and waited for a better deal, and they were rewarded. Instead of giving up any top-tier prospects, the Nationals parted with talented but struggling reliever Felipe Rivero, and 21-year-old leftie starter Taylor Hearns. In return, elite closer Mark Melancon strengthens the bullpen and pushes the struggling Jonathan Papelbon back into a lower-stakes role.
The most important thing to remember from this trade isn’t that the Miami gave up its Top 2 prospect and best potential relief pitcher in exchange for a mid-rotation starter.
It’s that the prize of the deal, 29-year-old starter Andrew Cashner, will have to shave off his trademark beard to fall in line with the Marlins’ somewhat-new no facial hair policy.