In the wave of non-tenders, releases and waiver transactions that flew by over the past few days, you may have missed the claim the Miami Marlins put in on Orioles first baseman Joe Mahoney, according to The Baltimore Sun.
At his best, Mahoney was a fringe prospect as a first baseman who never had as much power as his 6'6" frame would suggest. He also doesn't walk enough. In his best minor league season in 2010, Mahoney hit .307/.366/.498 between High and Double-A. He followed it up hitting .294/.354/.508 in an injury-plagued season in 2011.
But Mahoney has never hit more than 18 home runs in a season and hit just .265/.319/.389 in his first Triple-A season in 2012, as a 25-year-old. The Orioles were forced to give up on him this off-season and the Marlins took a chance.
There's not a lot of potential for growth left in Mahoney, but if there's a team that may give him a chance to play, it's the Marlins.
Robinson has done nothing but hit as a member of the Royals organization, but he never got his chance and it wasn't going to come. Like Mahoney, he's limited to first base, but unlike Mahoney, he put up remarkable minor league numbers, including a 1.035 OPS in Double-A in 2010. Unfortunately he was already 25 that season, and his old age for his league has always plagued his status as a true prospect.
Now, coming off a season in which he was 27 in Triple-A and hit just 13 home runs (.845 OPS), the Royals traded Robinson to the Pittsburgh Pirates, says Michael Engel of KingsofKauffman.com.
The Pirates don't exactly have Eric Hosmer at first base so you'd think Robinson would have a better shot to get some playing time, but unfortunately, he fits the same profile as current Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones, who is also left-handed. The Pirates also don't have the luxury of using Robinson as a designated hitter, probably his best "position." Nonetheless, it's a fresh start for Robinson to get a chance in the majors.