Marlins Trade Ramirez To Dodgers In Surprise Move

The Deal
In a plot twist Marlins fans know by heart, the franchise once again has abandoned the present to play for a brighter tomorrow. The fourth-place Marlins (45-51) traded Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers on Monday, but given Sanchez's impending free agency and the the acquisition of top pitching prospect Jacob Turner, the trade made obvious baseball sense. A deal consummated with the Dodgers late Tuesday made sense more in financial terms because while the Marlins shed a large commitment, they received only second-tier prospects in return.

Miami dealt 28-year-old third baseman Hanley Ramirez and the approximately $36.5 million owed him through 2014 plus situational lefty reliever Randy Choate to the Dodgers for hard-throwing, 22-year-old righthanders Nate Eovaldi and Scott McGough.

Two years removed from his last all-star game appearance, Ramirez has put up roughly league-average production during the past two seasons, batting .245/.328/.405 with 24 homers in 776 plate appearances. Dodgers scouts either see something they like or hope a change of scenery will revitalize a player who hit his way to a .925 OPS from 2007-10. A strict matchup reliever, Choate averages about 2.4 batters faced per appearance, but he's quite effective at retiring lefties, holding them to 9-for-60 (.150) with two extra-base hits and three walks this season. For his career he's held lefty batters to a .203 average and .562 OPS.
Marlins Acquire
Nate Eovaldi, rhp
Age: 22. Born: Feb 13, 1990 in Houston.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 215.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Alvin (Texas) HS.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in 11th round of 2008 draft; signed July 11, 2008.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Chattanooga (SL) AA 2 2 3.09 9 8 0 35 30 12 12 2 13 30 1.23
Los Angeles (NL) MLB 1 6 4.15 10 10 0 56 63 27 26 5 20 34 1.47

Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery as a high school junior, though that didn't dissuade the Dodgers from handing him a $250,000 bonus to sign as an 11th-round pick in 2008. After making his big league debut last year as a 21-year-old, Eovaldi didn't make the Dodgers rotation out of spring training this year but was called up in late May. He's pitched better than his 1-6, 4.15 mark would indicate. He was roughed up in back-to-back starts in late June but posted a 2.74 ERA in his other eight big league outings. A power pitcher, Eovaldi's fastball clocked in as high as 101 mph when he was coming out of the bullpen in 2011, and he pitches in the mid-90s as a starter. His hard slider gives him a strikeout pitch, but a wrist wrap in his arm action leads to inconsistency. He also has a changeup, though it's fringy and he uses it infrequently. A better changeup would certainly help Eovaldi against lefthanded batters, who've hit him hard (.349/.404/.519) in the majors this year.
Scott McGough, rhp
Age: 22. Born: Oct 31, 1989 in Pittsburgh.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 170.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Oregon.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in fifth round of 2011 draft; signed June 11, 2011.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
R. Cucamonga (CAL) HiA 3 5 3.99 35 0 5 47 45 23 21 3 26 48 1.51

The Dodgers saw McGough as a potential fast-tracked college reliever when they pegged him in the fifth round of last year's draft, and he's held his own in high Class A in his first full year.  Despite a lack of physicality at 6-feet, 170 pounds, McGough works at 93-97 mph with good downhill angle. He complements the heater with a late-breaking slider, and the Dodgers liked his gamer mentality and ability to repeat his delivery. He has the ceiling to be a big league set-up man.
Dodgers Acquire
Hanley Ramirez, 3b
Age: 28. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Under contract for $15 million this season (approximately $2.5 million per month), then $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014.
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Miami (NL) 2012 .246 93 353 49 87 18 2 14 48 37 72 14 .322 .428
3-Year Totals
.269 327 1234 196 332 62 4 45 169 145 231 66 .350 .435
Randy Choate, lhp
Age: 36. Throws: L. Remaining Commitment: Under contract for $1.5 million this season (approximately $250,000 per month).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) Year W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Miami (NL) 2012 0 0 2.49 44 0 1 25 16 11 7 0 9 27 0.99
3-Year Totals
5 4 3.14 183 0 1 95 70 41 33 6 39 98 1.15

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