2012 Trade Deadline Update #3 07/25: HanleyWood: Hanley to the Dodgers, Wandy, and More
Wednesday July 25th, 2012
Bernie Olshansky: Some more trades came down, including one exciting blockbuster to report. One of the biggest names though that was supposed to be traded will now be staying put. Cole Hamels, the Phillies great young left-handed starter is expected to re-sign for 6-years and $144 million. But even with Hamels off the market, the trade winds are in full swing. Hold on to your hats…this is HUGE:
Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers
Another blockbuster deal. Announced late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, Hanley Ramirez is headed to the Dodgers with reliever Randy Choate for pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. There were rumblings about a possible trade of Hanley, and it ended up happening. Hanley will start fresh on the west coast as the Dodgers are battling with the Giants for the NL West crown. The Dodgers started off hot with Matt Kemp leading the charge. Kemp went down with a hamstring injury and was re-injured in his first game back. After another DL stint, Kemp came back right after the All Star Break. Andre Either also had some time on the DL with an oblique injury, but he has since come back. Now, both are healthy and poised to help the Dodgers on a run down the stretch. With Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley heading the pitching staff, one of the Dodgers’ weakest positions was third base. Juan Uribe, the main third baseman for the Dodgers this year, is hitting a weak .190 with just two homers and 17 RBI. Dee Gordon, the primary shortstop and currently on the DL, is hitting .229. Needless to say, the Dodgers needed some help on the left side of the infield.
Although Hanley is only hitting .246 this year, he will be a big step up from the .190 average that Juan Uribe is hitting. In 2009, Ramirez was a batting champion, hitting .342 with 24 homers and 106 RBI. If the Dodgers can get anything close to this production, they won’t have a problem catching the Giants. Hanley Ramirez should improve with the move to Los Angeles. Hanley could end up hitting behind Matt Kemp in the cleanup spot with Andre Ethier hitting behind him, or vice versa. Either way, a Kemp, Hanley, and Ethier lineup will be a scary prospect. Throughout his young career, Hanley had never really been on a team with a veteran presence. With the Dodgers this year, Hanley could be influenced by veterans Mark Ellis and Jerry Hairston. His notoriously bad attitude could change with a contending team. As sad as this move is for the Marlins, they had to do something. Hanley wasn’t producing and the team was struggling. The Dodgers will pay the remainder of Hanley’s contract. This takes a nice load off the Marlins’ payroll. With Hanley comes Randy Choate. An established reliever, Choate will help bolster the already strong bullpen. In return, Miami gets Nathan Eovaldi, who’s had some major league experience, pitching in 20 games with an overall 3.96 ERA. He’s thrown 96 innings over two years with the Dodgers and is only 22 years old. Also coming with Eovaldi is reliever Scott McGough. McGough this year in Rancho Cucamonga, the Single-A affiliate of the Dodgers is 3-5 with a 3.99 ERA over 47.1 innings. McGough is also 22 years old and has some time to develop. This trade was necessary for the Marlins, and very beneficial for the Dodgers. The Magic Johnson era looks to be off to a nice start.
Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates
As the Pirates continue to make their playoff push, they added strength to their rotation with the acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez. This year for the Astros, Rodriguez posted a 3.79 ERA while going 7-9. He will join the rotation headed by A.J. Burnett and James MacDonald. Over his eight year career, Rodriguez has a 4.04 ERA. He will fit nicely into the Pirates rotation and provides more depth. With this move, the Astros have completely blown up the team, trading Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Carlos Lee, J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, and now Wandy Rodriguez over the past three years. All Astros fans can do is look to the future as the young guns take over. In this trade, the Astros will pay some of the remaining $30 million in Rodriguez’s contract. For Rodriguez, the Astros get Rudy Owens, Colton Cain, and Robbie Grossman. Hopefully the Pirates won’t collapse like last year and have a use for Wandy. If all goes well, the Pirates can count on their core of pitching and Andrew McCutchen (among others) to carry them to October.
Ryan Roberts to the Rays
Roberts has finally reached the end of the road with the Diamondbacks. With the return of John MacDonald from the DL, Roberts was designated for assignment, and then traded to the Rays for minor league second baseman Tyler Bortnick. This year for the D-Backs, Roberts hit just .250 with six homers and 34 RBI. Last year, Roberts helped Arizona reach the playoffs hitting .249 with 19 homers and 65 RBI. With Aaron Hill this year, Roberts was expendable. Bortnick, this year with Double-A Montgomery, hit .253 with four homers and 48 RBI. This trade wasn’t exactly a franchise-changer, with each team swapping mediocre talents.
Barry Enright to the Angels
Enright was traded to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash. Enright couldn’t crack the young Diamondbacks rotation after bouncing up and down a few times in the past years. He held a 5.87 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Reno. In 2010, Enright debuted for the D-Backs posting a 3.91 ERA in 17 starts. His career with Arizona went downhill when he posted a 6.49 ERA in six starts in 2011. Hopefully he can rebound with the Angels and help them in September and October.
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