In a shocking move, the Marlins have dealt their franchise player to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a few minor league arms.
The Marlins are off the hook for the remainder of Hanley Ramirez’s salary. That means they are spared the remaining $6M this season and the $31.5 due to him over the next two seasons. Also included in the deal was lefty specialist reliever Randy Choate.
The Marlins get back two minor league prospects in Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. Eovaldi has a 94MPH fastball with a strong sinker and reportedly a 4 pitch repertoire. McGough was a 2011 fifth round pick for the Dodgers out of Oregon and is currently in advanced Class A ball.
This deal was done to free up salary for the Marlins but in particular, Larry Beinfest notes that this is a part of the restructuring of the team. After 90 games, the results were no where near the expectations for this team. The rebranding and new stadium hopes seemed to be as dashed at this point in the season and the front office will try to prepare a new foundation heading into the offseason where they can try again to find improvements for the roster.
Speculation remains about the future of Josh Johnson and even newly-signed Heath Bell, who has not produced anywhere near the level he produced in San Diego as the closer.
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