Marlins Acquire Nate Robertson, Secure Rotation

Robertson is coming off of an injury-plagued season

The Florida Marlins needed a solid starter for their rotation and they got it in left-handed pitcher Nate Robertson on Tuesday.

The Marlins gave up minor leaguer Jay Voss to the Detroit Tigers for the proven starter, who will immediately have a spot in the rotation, according to president of basball operations Larry Beinfest.

Robertson does come with some baggage. He is coming off surgery on his left arm that limited him all season last year and he is just 51-69 with an ERA near 5 over his five seasons with the Tigers. Robertson was originally drafted by the Marlins in 1999 and played with the team in the 2002 season before being shipped to Detroit.

Add that to the fact the Marlins other Tiger pitching acquisition, Andrew Miller, hasn't quite panned out, and it would be easy to see why a Fish fan isn't ultra-excited about the trade.

But throw in the fact that the Tigers are going to be paying most of Robertson's $10 million salary this year and it's a little easier to swallow.

The starting rotation now looks like ace Josh Johnson  anchoring the team, followed by Roicky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Robertson and Chris Volstad, in no particular order.

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