The Dodgers made a big splash on Tuesday night, reportedly acquiring Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers will send Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough to Florida in exchange for Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate, per Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Ramirez has been like Roger Dorn of late, performing more on the "high price" side of the spectrum of "high priced talent." He is making $15 million this season and is in line to make $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014. Ramirez has roughly $5.7 million left on his salary this season, and the Dodgers are apparently paying all of it, as no money will change hands per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Ramirez is hitting .246/.322/.428 with 14 home runs this season, which is an upgrade over Dodgers' third baseman, who have hit just .249/.308/.373 on the season with just four home runs.
The Dodgers will hope a change of scenery reignites the 28-year old Ramirez, who won a batting title in 2010 and averaged .319/.394/.532 from 2007-2010. Since the beginning of 2011, Ramirez is hitting .245/.327/.404.
Ramirez played shortstop for the Marlins until this season, when he moved to third base to accommodate free agent Jose Reyes, who signed a six-year deal in Miami. It is unknown which position he will play with the Dodgers, but he will be an upgrade at either spot.
Choate has a 2.49 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings this season. Left-handed batters are batting .150 (9-for-60) against Choate this season, with three walks and 20 strikeouts. The 36-year old is making $1.5 million this season in the final year of a two-year deal, meaning the Dodgers will be on the hook for roughly $574,000 the rest of the season.
We don't know when the trade will be official, but from a roster standpoint with Eovaldi leaving and Adam Kennedy likely headed for the disabled list that opens up two roster spots for Ramirez and Choate. However, someone will need to start on the mound on Friday in San Francisco. It could be Stephen Fife, who pitched Sunday for Albuquerque and would be on regular rest. Or it could be Ryan Dempster, who reportedly wants to come to Los Angeles.
But we still have three days to figure that part out. What we do know is the trade season has begun.