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Braves rewind: Whatever happened to...Eli Marrero?

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Let's take a look at Braves from years past.

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In a trade that many Braves fans still bemoan to this day, the Braves traded Adam Wainwright, along with Jason Marquis and Ray King, to the Cardinals for oft-injured outfielder J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero in the winter of 2003.

Marrero spent the early part of his career as a catcher - he even caught a no-hitter - but would eventually move to first base and then the outfield after winning a battle against thyroid cancer as a rookie in 1998. He hit just .238 in primarily a part-time role during his seven seasons with the Cardinals, but in 2004 he turned into Lord BABIP. In 90 games of his only season with the Braves, he hit .320 with a .361 BABIP. Much of his damage came at the expense of lefties, against whom he hit .415 with a .453 BABIP.

Marrero would spend just two more seasons in the Majors (109 games), not enjoying nearly as much success as he did with the Braves in 2004. He last played ball in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2008.

He turned to coaching in 2011, being named the hitting coach of the Billings Mustangs. He then served two years as manager of the Reds' rookie league team starting in 2013.

This past January, he returned for his second year as manager of the Daytona Tortugas, the high-A affiliate for the Reds.

Eli has a nephew, Chris, who has played in the Majors. His son Elih (the "h" is silent) was originally selected in the 2015 draft, but elected to play college ball at Mississippi State.