In a three-team trade that makes sense for at least two of the teams involved, the Miami Marlins got themselves out from under the lost contract that was Heath Bell in exchange for shortstop prospect Yordy Cabrera from the Oakland A's. The move took a third team, in this case the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were the ones that took Bell off the Marlins hands. For their involvement, they sent center fielder Chris Young to Oakland in exchange for shortstop Cliff Pennington.
The Marlins were happy to get out from underneath of Heath Bell's contract by any means necessary, so the fact that they got any prospect back in return should be considered a win. That being said, Marlins fans shouldn't get too excited about Cabrera, 22-year-old, 6'4" shortstop who is more destined for third base and has a career batting average of .230 with just nine career home runs.
It was a disappointing season for Cabrera in the hitter-friendly California League, as much more power was expected out of the development of his 6'4" frame. Scouts still believe it's in there, but if it didn't come out in the California League, it may never appear.
Having made 61 errors in just 159 games at shortstop during his minor league career, it seems far-fetched to believe he can stay at the position, but the Markins have not announced a position change for their newly acquired prospect.
Cabrera is currently on the taxi squad for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League and has gone 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in two games this fall.
For the Diamondbacks, the trading of Chris Young opens up a spot in center field for prospect Adam Eaton, who should into the lead off spot in their lineup and provide them with the on-base percentage that has been missing in front of the power in the middle of their lineup.