We look back at the 2014 trade in which the Houston Astros sent Jarred Cosart to the Marlins for Jake Marisnick.
There have been some head scratching trades made by the Houston Astros over the years. This one doesn’t necessarily fall into that category, but it was certainly a surprise when it went down. The rebuilding franchise traded away a young pitcher in Jarred Cosart for a package that included future fan favorite Jake Marisnick.
The trade took place at the July 31 deadline in 2014, when the Astros weren’t quite ready to contend (but were closer than many thought). But they traded Cosart along with utilityman Kike Hernandez and minor league outfielder Austin Wates to the Marlins in exchange for Marisnick, third baseman Colin Moran, pitcher Francis Martes and a 2015 competitive balance round A draft pick.
There were plenty of names exchanged in this trade, and several of them have since been traded again. It’s interesting how one trade can lead to another, and this one has numerous branches coming off of it. This also makes it a little more difficult to grade the trade in hindsight, but we’ll take our best shot at it.
We’ll look at what value the players actually gave their new organizations while they were there, and what sort of value the since-traded players brought back. There’s plenty to unpack here, so let’s get to it.