Damaged Goods: Why Florida Marlins Have Benefited From Cantu, Ross Losses

James BondmanCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2010

PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 06:  Cody Ross #13 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after being hit by a pitch during the tenth inning of the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 2-0 in eleven innings. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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While the Florida Marlins have been out of the playoff run for the past couple of weeks, many fans still can't seem to shake off the trade and the dump that the Marlins made earlier this season.

The trade refers to that of Jorge Cantu to the AL West leading Texas Rangers, while the dump is in reference to the waiver claim that the contending San Francisco Giants made on Cody Ross effectively acquiring him for nothing.

If Marlins need any reassurance as to why the front office actually came out on top in both those deals, let's examine both of their statistics since getting dealt:

Jorge Cantu: .203 batting average (13 for 61) / 0 HRs / 0 RBIs / 2 extra base hits (double and triple) / 5 runs / 15 strikeouts in 20 games 

Cody Ross: .185 batting average (5 for 27) / 0 HRs / 2 RBIs / 0 extra base hits / 5 runs / 10 strikeouts in 14 games 

Those aren't the kind of numbers that the contending teams needed in their pursuit of the postseason, but Marlins fans should look on the bright side that the two have been damaged goods for the teams that acquired them. 

The Florida Marlins have saved money from trading both of them which helps the team signed Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco to long-term deals this offseason.

The subtractions of Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu have given playing time to a pair of players who seemed to be heading out of Florida based on their recent performances with the ballclub.

Those two players are Cameron Maybin and Emilio Bonifacio who have been the beneficiaries of the veteran subtractions

Here are their statistics for the past 29 days (a month) where both players' playing time has increased: 

Emilio Bonifacio: .388 batting average (26-67) / 0 HRs / 6 RBIs / 4 stolen bases / 5 extra base hits (3 doubles and 2 triples) / 17 runs scored in 21 games 

Cameron Maybin: .277 batting average (18-65) / 3 HRs / 7 RBIs / 4 extra base hits (2 doubles and triples) / 11 runs scored in 18 games 

Pretty big contrast between younger pair and the fan favorites in Cantu and Ross. Yet its clear that the Marlins have benefited from the these moves, not only financially but for next season.

The Marlins have gotten a pretty good sample size for the pair to be in the starting mix next season. Bonifacio is arguably the fastest major leaguer and Maybin is only 23 years of age and makes highlight reel catches. 

Cheer up fans, the Marlins would be in the a different position right now with Ross and Cantu still in place, perhaps lower in the standings, so the subtractions have given the Marlins new life while the Rangers and Giants have received damaged goods in their attempt to make October.