Dodgers Acquire Hanley Ramirez & Randy Choate

The Dodgers announced that they have acquired Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate from the Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi and minor league right-hander Scott McGough. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Miami is not sending any money to the Dodgers to cover the salaries of Ramirez and Choate (Twitter links). But GM Ned Colletti couldn't pass up the chance to add Ramirez to his team's struggling lineup.

“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,” Colletti said. “We’re excited for Hanley to begin a new chapter in Los Angeles.”

The Athletics, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Orioles all had some interest in Ramirez, and the Red Sox might have been interested as well. However, the infielder has 37.3MM remaining on his contract with Miami ($15MM in 2012, $15.5MM in 2013 and $16MM in 2014) and owns a pedestrian .246/.322/.430 batting line. His trade value isn’t what it once was.

"We had to do something," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). "The machine was sputtering. It's too good a baseball team and for some reason it didn't seem to be operating on all cylinders from the beginning of the season."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will determine whether to play Ramirez at shortstop or third base, Rosenthal reports (on Twitter). Ramirez has volunteered to play either position, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). He's likely to play shortstop until Dee Gordon returns from the disabled list, then move to third base.

Choate, 36, has a 2.49 ERA with 9.6 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and a 60.3% ground ball rate in 25 1/3 innings with the Marlins this year. The lefty specialist earns $1.5MM in the final season of a two-year, $2.5MM contract and will hit free agency after the season. The Dodgers had been looking for a left-handed reliever.

Eovaldi has started ten games for the Dodgers this year, posting a 4.15 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 56 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old entered the season as the 96th-best prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America. In five minor league seasons he has a 3.28 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 3.7 BB /9.

McGough, a 22-year-old right-hander, has a 3.88 ERA with 9.1 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 34 relief outings at Class A. The 2011 fifth rounder has averaged more than one strikeout per inning since being drafted.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports first reported McGough's inclusion in the deal. Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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233 Comments on "Dodgers Acquire Hanley Ramirez & Randy Choate"


Down_Goes_Brown
3 years 1 month ago

Sleep is overrated

Gumby65
3 years 1 month ago

Awaiting Dempster’s approval.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

This isn’t the trade you thought we’d be looking at this morning, it is? 😉

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

So much for the A’s getting him, hopefully they can somehow pry Yunel for something centered around Griffin!

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

That said, congrats Dodgers!

Ross
3 years 1 month ago

No way should the a’s trade griffin! Have you seen what he’s done in the minors and his five starts in the majors. I suggest trade grant green or Michael Taylor since they have an obbundinst of outfielders and youngsters like cowgill and choice coming up

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

With Straily and Peacock right in the wings, Anderson and McCarthy on their way back soonish, I’d be fine with trading him away now. Yes he’s been awesome, but he’s also been prone to home runs. He’d have been a similar piece to Eovaldi in a trade.

Edit: Also from what I’ve heard from Blue Jays fans, they’re chalk full of OFers and need Major League ready Pitching, Griffin is a perfect candidate

3 years 1 month ago

Nuh-uh, absolutely nooo way…
AJ Griffin every quality starts so far dominated Giants, Rangers, Red Sox, Twins, and Yankees.

At the rate he’s pitching, he’ll be part of the next Big 3 with Tom Milone and Jarrod Parker.

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

If anything…the next big 3 will be Anderson, Parker, Straily, with Griffin, Milone, Blackley, Peacock, Braden as the rest, which is very solid and very deep (even with two injury plagued pitchers) rotation depth.

To get something, you have to give something, and Griffin would be the one to give.

itsmewade
3 years 1 month ago

For Yunel? I’d rather keep Griffin and Pennington. If we trade for a SS, it better be a bigger upgrade than that.

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3 years 1 month ago

What? A “bigger upgrade” than Yunel? Yunel is a GOD amongst MLB players, let alone shortstops. Best SS in the history of the game, bar none. Superstar, instant Hall of Famer. Ask any Jays fan.

___ _____
3 years 1 month ago

What? Yunel is a GOD amongst MLB players, let alone shortstops. Best SS in the history of the game, bar none. Superstar, instant Hall of Famer. Ask any Jays fan.

3 years 1 month ago

The A’s should hold onto to Griffin. I’d prefer a deal centered around Cowgill.

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

Toronto wants pitching though, they have a lot of outfielders too.

Edit: Plus, while he may be slumping and be a lateral move offensively, he’s a definite upgrade defensively, which is great for a team whose pitchers rely on defense. Plus he’s cheap for the next three or so years.

corey23
3 years 1 month ago

Lateral move offensively? look at the offensive numbers from A’s SS this season, combined they’re hitting under .200… I think anything is an upgrade offensively….and defensively pennington is fine.

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, he’d overall be an upgrade offensively, that’s why I put “while he may be slumping”. Also cliff is fine defensively, yunel is better

dodgers33dodgers
3 years 1 month ago

if this is true…great trade…Kemp, Ethier, Ramirez, nice 3-5 in a line up

Gumby65
3 years 1 month ago

Those 3 names: Vaguely familiar… 😀

dodgers33dodgers
3 years 1 month ago

haha yea…manny wood just turned into Hanley wood!!! lol

migueljablonski
3 years 1 month ago

woah

CAD_Monkey
3 years 1 month ago

Release Uribe? Or is he gonna be the shortstop for a while and then release Uribe?

Gumby65
3 years 1 month ago

Yes, and yes. Actually Kennedy’s trip to DL (pending) puts Hanley on 25; Eovaldi creates room for Choate. Pending moves for Lilly(and hmm, a former teammate of his with Cubs), and the 40-man situation (who is prospect?)

Gumby65
3 years 1 month ago

Kennedy to DL (said to happen earlier Tuesday evening) creates room for Hanley; Eovaldi to MIA creates room for Choate for time being. A trade for a certain SP remains to be sorted out. 😉

3 years 1 month ago

Hanleywood 2012! Christmas came early!!!

Dodgersarelife
3 years 1 month ago

I am so happy right now…

3 years 1 month ago

Unless that prospect is Zach Lee, that’s a horrible trade for the Marlins.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 1 month ago

It’s not if the Dodgers are taking on Hanley’s contract.

cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

We just saw that the Marlins have no issues with spending (like they claimed when they robbed Floridians blind on stadium funding), so there wasn’t a real reason to take nothing but a struggling, young pitcher back.
I mean heck, they got Turner for a half-season rental of Sanchez and a season and a half of Infante.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 1 month ago

I know what you’re saying, but if LA is taking the remaining est $35M on his contract, it’s a good deal for Mia regardless of who they get back. Frees up $15M/yr to spend on other players.

3 years 1 month ago

Marlins management calls it the Heath Bell fund.

Jack
3 years 1 month ago

Looks like they are sending no money, so they are.

Ross
3 years 1 month ago

Agreed

belky2
3 years 1 month ago

What?

Ian Masterson
3 years 1 month ago

Ned… yer alright.

macdice
macdice
3 years 1 month ago

That’s the best the marlins could do?

Whole_New_World
3 years 1 month ago

Every GM is repeatedly hitting redial to Michael Hill’s cell right now.

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 1 month ago

If Hanley wants to be the best he will be the best.

LIMetfan22
3 years 1 month ago

HA this is great. Well done Dodgers

3 years 1 month ago

Wow, Hanley going to play SS?

3 years 1 month ago

is this a joke? Is this april fools day? How on earth did the dodgers get Hanley so cheaply? I know he’s having a bad year but still…

sethss
3 years 1 month ago

see what happens when you let your team be the focus of those cable shows? lol

3 years 1 month ago

Are you kidding me? Ramirez AND Choate for Baseball America’s #96 prospect and a throw-in? I think we all knew the Marlins were in a freefall, but geez.

Dodgersarelife
3 years 1 month ago

Honestly Eovaldi is going to be a very good pitcher. Once that secondary stuff matures.

Ian Masterson
3 years 1 month ago

Agreed. Once the secondary stuff shows up (and if he gets any run support, which has been atrocious for him so far), he’ll be a solid middle-of-the-rotation piece.

3 years 1 month ago

He’s sure not going to get that run support on the Marlins. Pitch around Giancarlo Stanton and who is there? Lee? At the end of the line. Gaby Sanchez? Needs to regain his 2010 form.

cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

Great job at taking a MASSIVE maybe and stating it as fact. If anyone believed that over at Baseball America, they would have put him much higher than 96.

Dodgersarelife
3 years 1 month ago

That’s not just my opinion thats been the knock on him forever…

3 years 1 month ago

Hm. I find it hard to believe they couldn’t have done any better than a future #2 pitcher, considering they’re dealing an All-Star and a plus reliever.

PHILAbeatdown
3 years 1 month ago

Hahaha thats all tbey could get for hanram and a very good bullpen arm??? wow marlins definitely lose this deal… I dont care how bad hanley has been the past two seasons…

cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, there’s no logical reasoning behind this deal.

Yankeeboy11
3 years 1 month ago

See if the Yankees can get josh Johnson for chad Qualls if that’s how the marlins are doing trades now

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

I dunno, JJ has a big history of injuries. Qualls has always shown a knack to stay healthy, don’t know if its worth it. /sarcasm

1980CHAMPS
3 years 1 month ago

I can’t believe you took him. Ever time he came out for the Phillies it was anticipation of how many homers he could give up.

TapDancingTeddy
3 years 1 month ago

Darn! We missed out on the Qualls, Aardsma, Felciano for Ramirez deal. Super important now that A-Rod is injured.