The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays both made big news leading up to this years winter meetings and figure to keep tinkering with their rosters after departing Nashville, Tenn.
During the actual meetings four days that included many rumors but relatively little action the two Florida teams helped each other: The Rays filled a need while alleviating the Marlins of a potential headache.
Thats what went down when Miami traded shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay for minor league infielder Derek Dietrich.
Escobar had been acquired from Toronto in Miamis 12-player trade on Nov. 19. Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said Escobar and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, also obtained in the deal, would form a new left side of the infield.
That plan fell apart, however, when Escobar told the Marlins he was uncomfortable moving to third from his natural position of shortstop. Thus, trading the player was at the top of the Marlins agenda heading to Nashville.