Well, the Marlins were in the midst of introducing some new players to the media and, they liked it so much that they decided to make another deal. Today, the Marlins acquired Martin Prado and David Phelps from the Yankees for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones, and Domingo German.
Reports also state that the Marlins are getting cash along with the deal, to offset the contract owed to Prado – about $6M total ($3M in 2015 and 2016) to pay down the $22M owed him.
What did the Marlins get? In Prado they get a guy who has played over 250 games in LF and has spent lots of time playing 2B and 3B over the course of his career. Consider Prado, at this stage, a super utility player that can even emerge as a starter if needed. He is a .291 career hitter and has some pop, hitting 12 home runs last year between the Dbacks and Yankees.
In Phelps, the Marlins get more relief depth plus a potential starter for the backend of the rotation should Dan Haren retire. Phelps could also be long relief for the Fish, who have traded some of their young pitching depth to fortify their big league roster.
Speaking of, the Marlins are sending Eovaldi to the Yankees, a guy they got from the Dodgers as part of the Hanley Ramirez deal back in 2012. Eovaldi has a live fastball that can reach the triple digits but the problem is changing things up and keeping hitters off balance. He put together an 8.4% swinging strike miss rate last year which is below the league average of 9.4%. He is still quite young at 24 and has a controllable contract.
Domingo German is only 21 and the lone representative for the Marlins that the Futures Game. He is arguably a future gem in their farm system but he is also being shipped to NY as part of this deal. He has a very good fastball and gets hitters to K. He had 113 Ks vs. 25 BBs in his 25 starts for Class A Greensboro this past year, but he also yielded a .249 average to hitters.
Finally there is Garrett Jones who signed a two year deal with the Fish last season to help give them a consistent, everyday bat at 1B. The Marlins were looking for someone that could play everyday since Logan Morrison seemed to have washed out at this point in his career. The 33 year old put up solid numbers, hitting 15HRs with a .246 average along the way. He was a defensive liability and the Marlins felt that they pretty much had the ceiling with his production this past year. He will find a new home in New York and, according to the Twittersphere, he is very much looking forward to the new challenge.