The Florida Marlins have traded 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Mike Jacobs to the Royals for 25-year old righty reliever Leo Nunez. Jacobs played in 141 games for the Marlins last season and he was 118 for 477 (.247 avg, .813 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 32 homers and 93 RBIs. In four years in the majors, Jacobs has played in 421 games in which he is 385 for 1,472 (.262 avg, .816 OPS) with 197 runs scored, 80 homers and 247 RBIs. The Marlins figure that they have enough depth and ammo in the lineup to part with Jacobs. Plus, don’t forget that he’s going to be making way more money than Nunez will this season which is always important to the Marlins. Nunez is a fireballing righty who should fit in at the back end of the bullpen for the Marlins in 2009. He pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Royals last season and he was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. The Marlins hope that the Nunez that pitched so well for the Royals in 2008 is the one they are getting for 2009. Nunez has pitched in 106 games (6 starts) in his major league career and he is 9-7 with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. At some point the Marlins will actually make a trade based purely on baseball and not money. Until then, they will never be a legit playoff contender.