It’s the wee hours of the morning here in the Eastern time zone as I write this, which I think means that I’m the only person who can post on this site who is seeing what just went down between the Dodgers and the Marlins.
The two National League clubs have reached a deal that sends Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate to Los Angeles for 22-year-old starter Nathan Eovaldi and a Minor Leaguer. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports adds that the prospect in question is Scott McGough, who had been at the Dodgers’ High-A California League affiliate, Rancho Cucamonga.
Morosi’s Fox Sports colleague, Ken Rosenthal, tweets that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has yet to decide if Hanley will play at third or short, and passes along comments from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria:
“We had to do something,” the former Expos owner said, according to a series of Rosenthal’s tweets, about to pander for sympathy that he sure isn’t going to find from a site coming out of Canada. “The machine was sputtering. It’s too good a baseball team and for some reason it didn’t seem to be operating on all cylinders from the beginning of the season. It’s no secret I love the kid. He needs to have a fresh beginning, a new beginning. This is a very painful moment for me. But we had to do something.”
There had been lots of talk today about where Hanley’s career stands and how much he would be able to help a club, were he to be traded. Now that we see him land with the offence-starved Dodgers, you’ve got to feel somewhat good about his ability to provide a positive impact on the lineup he’s joining. I’m not hopeful that we’ll ever see the 7 win Hanley of 2008 and 2009 again, but he– plus a solid, veteran reliever in Choate– certainly add some spice to the NL West race.
Not only that, but things just got real in what was already promising to be a crazy week leading up to the trade deadline, which is still six days away and may have a team in Miami that is in genuine fire sale mode.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets that the Dodgers will not be receiving any money from the Marlins in order to complete the deal, meaning they’re on the hook for the full $15.5-million and $16-million Ramirez is due in 2013 and ’14, plus whatever remains to be paid of his $15-million salary this year.
The deal was originally reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, via Twitter.