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Marlins acquire Jarred Cosart, Kike Hernandez in multi-player deal with Astros

Six players moved teams in the deal.

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The Marlins and Astros made a multi-player deal on Wednesday, with starter Jarred Cosart, infielder Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates being sent to Miami for infielder Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes and a competitive balance pick. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com was first to report the deal.

Cosart, 24, was one of a few Astros' starters being shopped at the deadline, along with Dallas Keuchel, Scott Feldman and Collin McHugh. He will become one of the top starters in a young Marlins' rotation that currently includes Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Justin Turner, and will include sensation Jose Fernandez when he returns from Tommy John surgery.

Cosart is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this season, and has a career 3.57 ERA in 30 major league starts. He is under team control through the 2019 season, meaning he is a great fit for a young Marlins' rotation.

Hernandez, 22, was recently called up to the majors for the Astros and has hit .284/.420/.768 in 24 major league games. The utility man can pretty much play anywhere in the outfield as well as the middle infield, and is under team control through 2019.

Wates, 25, was the Astros' third round pick in the 2010 draft and was ranked among the Astros' top 30 prospects in each season between 2010 and 2012. He has spent the entire year with Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .299/.396/.381 with two home runs and 30 RBI.

Moran, 21, was drafted by the Marlins as the sixth overall pick last season after a breakout season at the University of North Carolina. He was ranked as the 61st prospect in baseball before the season by Baseball America and was currently thought of as the third-best prospect in the Marlins' system by MLB.com before the deal. Moran has spent his season at High-A Jupiter, hitting .294/.342/.393 with five homers and 33 RBI in 89 games.

Marisnick, 23, was acquired by the Marlins in the Josh Johnson/Jose Reyes blockbuster a couple of years ago and was ranked as the 79th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the season. The outfielder has spent the majority of the season with Triple-A New Orleans, hitting .277/.326/.434 in 89 games.

Martes, 18, has spent the season with the Marlins' rookie-level affiliate, posting a 4.97 ERA in 7 games (5 starts). He was not ranked by Baseball America within the organization's top 30 prospects before the season.