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Marlins get right-hander Jarred Cosart from Astros in six-player deal

Jarred Cosart helped the Marlins unwittingly by losing to them in Houston on Saturday.

From now on, he'll be trying to win games for them.

The Marlins acquired Cosart and outfielder Enrique "Kike" Hernandez from the Astros, completing the deal just before Thursday's trade deadline. But they had to give up two of their two prospects -- Colin Moran and Jake Marisnick -- in order to complete the deal.

Cosart, a 24-year-old right-hander, had gone 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this season for Houston. Hernandez, a 22-year-old rookie, is capable of playing several positions as both an outfielder and an infielder.

While the Marlins were hoping to obtain a starting pitcher who could help them not only this season, but in the future, they did not want to give up players on their big-league roster.

Cosart has five more years of team control after this one and is not eligible for free agency until 2020.

But Cosart, Hernandez and minor-league outfielder Austin Wates, who was also included in the deal, came at a high price.

Moran was the Marlins' top draft pick in 2013. Marisnick was the organization's top defensive outfielder but has struggled at the plate. The Marlins also gave up a compensation pick in next year's draft, as well as minor-league pitcher Francis Martes.

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