It is hard to believe the Marlins could have Giancarlo Stanton, Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Cabrera batting three/four/five in their lineup if they had not traded two of those players. They used the same spiel after trading Cabrera that they used after the Blue Jays trade. Marlins fans have to hope their more current trade works out better than the Cabrera trade.
1. Miguel Cabrera 3B - Coming into the 2003 season he had yet to hit .300 or reach double digits in homeruns. He was 19 years old playing in the Florida State League. The Marlins received Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, Eulogio delacruz, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop when they traded Cabrera. The Marlins were able to get rid of the Dontrelle Willis contract in the trade.
2. Jason Stokes 1B - A second round pick in 2000 he got to AAA but never saw the major leagues.
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B - He was the first round pick in 2000. The Marlins traded him before he could give them any major league at bats to the Texas Rangers for Ugueth Urbina to help their playoff run, a rare prospects for veterans trade.
4. Dontrell Willis LHP - He won the rookie of the year award in 2003 and was second in the Cy Young after going 22-10 in 2005. After that season he never won any more than 12 in a year.
5. Jeremy Hermida OF - He had some decent seasons with the Marlins but never reached the potential expected of a player rated the number 4 prospect in baseball in 2006 by Baseball America.
6. Don Levinski RHP - Don never saw any major league time. They eventually traded him to the Baltimore Orioles with Denny Bautista to get Jeff Conine back for a pennant run in 2003.
7. Justin Wayne RHP - He had three brief major league seasons, finishing with a career ERA of 6.13.
8. Blaine Neal RHP - He had a few more major league seasons, but all his appearances were in relief. His best season was in 2002 when he had a 2.73 ERA after 32 appearances. After that his ERA never got below 4.00.
9. Will Smith OF - He was part of the Adrian Gonzalez trade for Urbina but never saw the major leagues.
10. Josh Wilson SS - He had a lengthy career as a utility player, but only one of those years was with the Marlins. He finished with a career average of .225.
Other prospects who made a contribution to the major leagues.
13. Denny Bautista RHP - He was compared to Pedro Martinez but never matched his major league career. Currently with the Hanwha Eagles in Korea.
19. Robert Andino SS - Recently released by the Seattle Mariners. Started a couple years at second base for the Baltimore Orioles after the Brian Roberts injury.
21. Josh Willingham 1B/3B/OF/C - Eventually settled into left field. Slugged 35 homeruns last year for the Twins. The Marlins traded him in a salary dump after a couple good years with them and got Emilio Bonifacio in return.
26. Josh Johnson RHP - Turned into the Marlins ace with two All Star seasons. After his second All Star season arm problems limited his effectiveness. Traded to the Blue Jays with a number of other veterans last year in a salary dump.
NR Jason Grilli - Now the closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but until then just a some time set up reliever.
Players selected in the 2003 draft who contributed to the major leagues.
Jeff Allison was the first round pick, but drug problems prevented him from reaching the major leagues. The second round pick Logan Kensing has seen some major league time, but always at the back end of a rotation. Nothing else to report.