By Jim Callis
July 31, 2004
The first trade on the day of the deadline for deals without waivers didn’t exactly register on the Richter scale. The Marlins picked up their second reliever in two days on Saturday, getting Rudy Seanez from the Royals for Abraham Nunez.
Seanez, a 35-year-old righthander, signed a minor league contract with the Royals in February and joined the big league club in mid-June. He always has been able to light up a radar gun, but continually has battled injuries and command issues. Seanez is 0-1, 3.91 in 16 games this year, with a 21-11 strikeout-walk ratio in 23 innings. Opponents have hit .244 and gone homerless against him. For his career, Seanez has a 17-18, 4.50 record and 11 saves in 300 appearances. His acquisition won’t have nearly the impact on Florida’s bullpen that Friday’s six-player trade that included Guillermo Mota will.
Nunez, 26, signed with the Diamondbacks out of the Dominican Republic in 1996 and went to the Marlins in a deal for Matt Mantei three years later. Once considered one of Florida’s top prospect, Nunez has seen his star dim because he turned out to be three years older than originally believed. He also lacks the instincts to turn his abundant physical tools into baseball production. Nunez has spent the entire year in the majors because he was out of options, batting just .172/.274/.266 with one homer and five RBIs in 64 at-bats over 58 games. Though he’s a switch-hitter with power, speed and arm strength, he may never be more than a reserve.