The Los Angeles Dodgers made a major move last night as the team picked up Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate from the Miami Marlins. In return the Dodgers sent pitcher Nate Eovaldi and minor-league prospect Scott McGough in return.
“The addition of a hitter the caliber of Hanley Ramirez improves our lineup from top to bottom, inserting a proven run producer to go along with Matt and Andre,” Dodger general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “We’re excited for Hanley to begin a new chapter in Los Angeles.”
Ramirez, 28 is a three time All-Star who spent the first seven years of career with the Marlins. He is a former National League Rookie of the Year and led big league shortstops with 124 home runs and a .521 slugging percentage. In a move to third base to accommodate for the signing of free-agent Jose Reyes was costly to Ramirez whose production decreased after moving to third base. This season he is batting .246 with .752 OPS with the Marlins.
Ramirez is in the fourth year of a six year deal making $15 million this season in a $70 million contract. Next season he is scheduled to make $15.5 and $16 million during the 2014 season.
“I leave with some regret, not having helped bring a championship to Miami,” Ramirez said “But otherwise, I just keep positive memories of my time with the team.”
The Dodgers also received in the deal reliever Randy Choate, a 36-year-old left-hander who is 0-0 with one save and a 2.49 ERA in 44 games pitched. Eovaldi, 22-year-old right handed pitcher was sent to Miami with a record of 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA.