Marlins Act Swiftly, Trade Mike Jacobs to Royals

Clark FoslerCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2008

The Marlins didn't wait long to put their offseason plan in motion. Not even 24 hours after the Phillies won the World Series, Florida traded first baseman Mike Jacobs to the Kansas City Royals for relief pitcher Leo Nunez.

With his team's surplus of power and corner infielders and his salary expected to triple, and over a dozen more arbitration-eligible players to weed out in the coming months, Jacobs' dealing was imminent. In Kansas City, he'll re-join Miguel Olivo. In 2006, the pair combined to strike out 208 times.

I like the look of this Nunez kid. He's a very solid reliever who has an excellent track record. In the past two seasons, he had a 3.42 ERA, a 63:25 K:BB ratio and a WHIP near 1.20. He mixes a developing changeup with nasty high-90s heat. Oh, did I mention he's 24 years old? Although he won't take it over right away, if Matt Lindstrom struggles even the slightest bit, Nunez could find himself in the closer role before June is out.

With Jacobs out of the picture, Jorge Cantu will likely shift corners. A plus-three play differential at first taking over for a minus-27? No complaints here. Dallas McPherson (he of 42 home runs in the minors in 2008) will be the starting third baseman.

Bye, Jake. I'll miss your hair...and that's about it.