Marlins move Mujica, Sanchez in separate trades

ATLANTA — The Marlins have acquired Minor League third baseman Zack Cox from the Cardinals for reliever Edward Mujica.

The Marlins announced the trade about an hour before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Miami also has dealt first baseman Gaby Sanchez, an All-Star in 2011, to the Pirates for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Mujica, 28, has been a late-inning setup reliever. The right-hander has appeared in 41 games with an 0-3 record and 4.38 ERA in 39 innings.

He went on the disabled list on June 30 with a broken bone to his right pinky toe. He was reinstated on July 18.

The Marlins acquired Mujica, along with Ryan Webb, from the Padres for Cameron Maybin after the 2010 season.

Cox, 23, was the 25th pick overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He will report to Double-A Jacksonville.

At Triple-A Memphis, Cox batted .254 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs.

Sanchez, a Miami native who attended the University of Miami, was the Marlins Opening Day first baseman for three seasons. But he struggled this year, and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

With the Marlins, Sanchez batted .202 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. His final at-bat with Miami came on July 4, when he belted a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off the Brewers.

He was optioned to New Orleans after that game because the Marlins acquired first baseman Carlos Lee.

At New Orleans, Sanchez was batting .302 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.

Hernandez, 24, is a right-handed hitting outfielder who batted .257 at Triple-A Indianapolis. In 25 games with the Pirates, he was 2-for-25.

Joe Frisaro  

 

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