HOUSTON – Galveston County baseball fans who have made the short trip up Interstate 45 to watch Houston Astros starter Jarred Cosart take the mound at Minute Maid Park now will have to travel a lot farther to see the Clear Creek grad pitch after he was sent to the Miami Marlins in a six-player deal Thursday just before the MLB trade deadline.
“Jarred Cosart will help us win more games and be a better ballclub, and, hopefully, that winds up with a playoff spot,” said Mike Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations.
Cosart, 24, is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this year but has slumped lately, allowing 21 runs in 211/3 innings of four July starts. The Marlins beat Cosart and the Astros, 7-3, last Saturday. Houston doesn’t play Miami again this year.
“You look at his record, he has won some games, and sometimes a change of scenery is good,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “He gets on a much better team, and, hopefully, he’ll be able to go out there and win games for us.”
Hill said Miami, who is in a push to make the playoffs, also pursued pitchers David Price, Jon Lester and John Lackey, all who were traded elsewhere.
“I’m pretty excited for a new start,” said Cosart. “Obviously, it’s tough leaving home and everything like that, but I’m still playing the game I love, just in a different city.”
During his senior season at Clear Creek in 2008, Cosart signed a letter of intent with the University of Missouri then was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 38th round of the MLB Draft. He signed with the club.
Then at the 2011 trade deadline, Cosart was shipped to the Astros just miles from his hometown in a deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Phillies. Houston also acquired outfielder Jonathan Singleton in the trade.
Cosart made his MLB debut July 12 last year, recording a 2-1 win in Tampa against the Rays.
He started 20 games that season and ended with a 1-1 record and 1.95 ERA.
In his two MLB seasons combined, Cosart is 10-8 with a 3.57 ERA.
In Thursday’s deal, the Marlins also acquired infielder-outfielder Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates, while the Astros received third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jarred Cosart career stats
Season W L ERA GS IP SO BB
2013 1 1 1.95 10 60.0 33 25
2014 9 7 4.41 20 116.1 75 51
TOTAL 10 8 3.57 30 176.1 108 86