Miami Marlins sees 2B Isan Diaz withdraw and acquire LHP Richard Bleier in commerce

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Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz chooses not to participate in the 2020 season as his team faces a coronavirus outbreak that developed during a season opener.At least 21 members of the Marlins touring group have been infected and the team has not played since Sunday in Philadelphia.

Diaz has always tested negative during the Marlins’ season, but he has decided to become the first Miami player to retire. He played two of the Marlins’ three games before their season was cut short.

Diaz beat .173 as a rookie last year, but the organization has high hopes for his potential.

Diaz explained his decision in a story posted on his Instagram page: “It’s been a tough week seeing so many of my teammates catch this virus and see how quickly it spreads. After a lot of deliberation and thought, I made the difficult choice to step aside for the remainder of the 2020 season. It’s a decision I’ve discussed with my family, and I think it’s the best one for. me and my general well-being. I will miss my teammates and the competition deeply. in the field. I wish my brothers the best and look forward to taking the field back with them soon !! ”

While the coronavirus-ravaged Marlins will be deprived of Diaz’s services, early Saturday morning they acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier for a player to be named in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. This year, he pitched three scoreless innings in two appearances.

Although Bleier, 33, has been one of the team’s most effective pitchers out of the box, the rebuilding Orioles have shuffled their roster over the past two seasons and have decided to offload him.

The trade was announced after midnight early Saturday morning after Baltimore defeated Tampa Bay 6-3 in a game delayed by nearly an hour by rain. Bleier was not used and learned the trade after the final outing.

Bleier – who grew up in Florida and presented for Florida Gulf Coast University – said he was “definitely surprised” by the deal.

“I’m glad I have value for another team, but at the same time it was such a comfort for me here in Baltimore and I will miss it,” he said.

Bleier has expressed no apprehension about the pitch of a team ravaged by COVID-19.

“I hope that everything is under control and that I am not going into a dangerous situation,” he said. “But it’s definitely something I’m aware of. No, I’m not too worried. They are not going to take me somewhere where there is a problem. ”

The Marlins had no further positive tests on Saturday morning, according to ESPN and a report.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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