Hanley Ramirez of the Miami Marlins looks on from the dugout during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
The Dodgers and Marlins completed a trade that surprised almost everyone; it sent former All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez west, in exchange for a top pitching prospect.
We barely had time to think about Hanley Ramirez trade rumors before he was actually traded.
While the deal has not yet been officially announced by the teams, here are the details, via the Los Angeles Times:
The Dodgers made one of the most significant and stunning trades in the history of their franchise late Tuesday, acquiring three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been formally announced.
In exchange for Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate, the Dodgers sent rookie starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough to the Marlins.
Ramirez was All-Star shortstop before being moved to third base this year to accomodate the Marlins' acquisition of Jose Reyes. The Times article indicates Ramirez will play shortstop while Dee Gordon is on the disabled list; it's still uncertain whether he'd play third base when Gordon returns.
For the Marlins, Eovaldi is the key to the deal; the 22-year-old righthander has a 4.15 ERA and 1.473 WHIP in 10 starts for the Dodgers this season but was widely regarded as one of the top young pitchers in the Dodgers organization, skipping Triple-A and coming directly to the major leagues from Double-A.
Also, it seems clear that the Dodgers' new deep-pocketed ownership isn't afraid to spend money, according to the Times:
The Dodgers will be paying all of what remains on Ramirez’s contract. Ramirez, 28, is still owed about $6 million of his $15-million salary this year. He will earn $15.5 million next year and $16 million in 2014, the final year of his contract.
We'll have much more on the reaction to this deal later here at Baseball Nation; you can also find more on the Dodgers at True Blue LA and SB Nation Los Angeles, and more on the Marlins at FishStripes.