The Twitter feeds started blowing up late last night as rumors swirled with the notion that superstar infielder Hanley Ramirez would be on his way to Los Angeles.
Before long, the trade was confirmed. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the move sends Ramirez and Randy Choate to the Dodgers in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough; the Marlins have made it known that they have no intention of being contenders in 2012.
In the past week alone, the Marlins have trimmed $19.5 million off of their 2013 payroll by trading Ramirez and Omar Infante. With almost a full week to go, that figure may rise with several teams still interested in players like Josh Johnson and Heath Bell.
Looking at the trade a little bit deeper, here is what each team will be getting from the deal:
The Dodgers Will Get
Obviously the addition of Ramirez is huge for them. The team is without their starting shortstop in Dee Gordon at the moment, which is where Ramirez will likely begin his Los Angeles tenure.
Upon the healthy return of Gordon, Ramirez will likely slide over to third base and take over for the disappointing Juan Uribe.
Ramirez, a three-time All-Star and two-time Sliver Slugger Award winner, is having an off year for himself. Currently batting .246 with a .752 OPS, Ramirez hasn't really shown to be the same player he once was prior to being injured in 2011.
An area for concern for the Dodgers should be his numbers away from Miami in 2012. His batting line is .187/.251/.363/.614 in 42 games this season.
On the plus side, the 2006 NL Rookie of the year historically has been an absolute beast in Dodger Stadium. In 18 career games there, he owns a .388/.468/.597/1.065 batting line. In 67 at-bats, he has 26 hits with 15 runs, five doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Perhaps the change in scenery is just what Ramirez needs.
The Dodgers are also acquiring left-handed pitcher Randy Choate. The 36-year-old is a middle reliever with 25.1 innings of service on the season. He owns a 2.49 ERA with a 0.987 WHIP and a 9.6 K/9 in 2012.
Choate is having one of his best seasons in the majors. Of his 12 years of service, he has played six in each league. The National League has historically been kinder to his earned-run figures. His career ERA in the NL is 3.78 versus a 4.18 in the AL.
The Marlins Will Get
In Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough, the Marlins are getting pitchers with tremendous potential for the future and salary relief.
At just 22 years old, Eovaldi has only played in 20 major league games between 2011 and 2012, during which time he has a 3.96 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP.
Scott McGough is a 22-year-old who is still in the Dodgers' minor league system. He owns a career 3.48 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP.
As I stated earlier, the Marlins are just shedding cap space right now while continuing on their fire sale. It has become apparent that the team is going to build around Jose Reyes and a player like Giancarlo Stanton while getting younger where they can.
The immediate winner in this deal is the Dodgers.
Currently 2.5 games behind their bitter rivals the San Francisco Giants for control of the National League West, the Dodgers have made a bold statement under new ownership that they are willing to do whatever it takes to win.
Both now and in the future.
The rumors are still swirling about this Dodgers club.
In a piece written by Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs wants to be traded to the Dodgers, not the Atlanta Braves, as many previously thought he would be.
The highly-sought-after pitcher would help bolster an already star-studded lineup. The 35-year-old Dempster has an NL-best 2.11 ERA for the Chicago Cubs.
The Dodgers are already trade winners with the Ramirez move. Now the question is, will they go over the top?
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