Hanley Ramirez dealt to Dodgers

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The Los Angeles Dodgers added an impact bat for their postseason push early Wednesday morning, acquiring star infielder Hanley Ramirez in a four-player trade with the Miami Marlins.

It was the second multiplayer trade in less than 48 hours for the Marlins, who have begun a July fire sale after disappointing through the first four months of this season.

Hanley Ramirez's fantasy value could rise if he is reinvigorated with the contending Dodgers, ESPN.com's Eric Karabell writes. Blog Insider

A three-time All-Star, Ramirez expressed mixed emotions over being dealt from the Marlins, where he has spent the first seven years of his career.

"For me this day is not easy. The Marlins have been my family, the only one I had in baseball," Ramirez told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com's Enrique Rojas. "I will never forget who gave me that first opportunity that every human being needs. They will always be in my heart."

The Dodgers also acquired left-handed reliever Randy Choate from Miami for starter Nate Eovaldi and minor-league right-hander Scott McGough.

Ramirez, 28, is a former National League Rookie of the Year and led big league shortstops with 124 home runs and a .521 slugging percentage from 2006 through 2010. But Ramirez has been a major disappointment over the past two seasons. He moved to third base this past winter to accommodate free-agent addition Jose Reyes but is batting just .246 with a .752 OPS for the Marlins.

"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 are hoping that Ramirez will be reinvigorated by a change of scenery and give them another run producer to complement Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the batting order. The Dodgers rank 12th in the NL with 379 runs scored and are 13th in OPS at .684.

ESPN MLB analyst John Kruk covers the impact of Alex Rodriguez's injury, Cole Hamels' new contract, the Dodgers' addition of Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins' future and more.

"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 is making $15 million in the fourth year of a six-year, $70 million contract. He's scheduled to make $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014.

"Everything that happens in life is because of God's plan, and perhaps the plan for me is that things are better in Los Angeles and for the Marlins without me," Ramirez said.

Ramirez could play either spot on the left side of the infield for the Dodgers. Shortstop Dee Gordon is on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb that could sideline him until mid-August and is batting only .229 with 17 RBIs.

The Dodgers haven't gotten much production from their third basemen, with Juan Uribe batting just .190 with two homers and 17 RBIs and others doing little at the spot.

The Marlins recently decided to try to unload several veteran players and big salaries in the midst of a disappointing season. The Ramirez deal comes less than two days after Miami traded pitcher Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers.

The Marlins are weighing offers for ace Josh Johnson, according to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, in an attempt to further shave payroll. Miami also could deal struggling closer Heath Bell in advance of next week's trade deadline, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

Choate, a 36-year-old left-hander, is 0-0 with one save and a 2.49 ERA in 44 games. He began his big league career with the New York Yankees in 2000 and has pitched for Arizona and Tampa Bay.

Eovaldi, a 22-year-old righty, is 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA. He made his major league debut last season.

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dd88
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I like the move- too bad we gave up Eovaldi, but getting a big bat in Hanley Ramirez in return is much needed for the lineup. I'm a little concerned about Ramirez's batting average last season and thus far this season, but hopefully a new environment can get him going. I wonder if he will play third base or SS for now?

Choate will be a very nice addition our already superb middle-relief core as well.


dodgersfanjeff
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I'm liking this move too Dave. I think he'll be playing SS for us, since Gordon is still out. I think he has 14 HR's this season, which isn't too bad, especially looking at our current lineup. On the bright side, he's also still in his prime, and hopefully he can become the same player he was a few seasons ago before he got hit with a couple injuries.

It also seems we may still be in play for Dempster, since the rumor is that he only wants to play for the Dodgers if he were to get traded.


dd88
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^^Wow Dempster would be a great addition, though if we do get him I hope we don't give up too much. Ted Lily should be back pretty soon.

But yeah you're right Jeff I also read that Ramirez will play SS. Maybe that will help him get his mojo back. And yeah 14 home runs ties Matt Kemp right away for the most homers on the team, and his RBI total easily places him second. Our pitching is already superb, so I think Ramirez's impact will be pretty big for us.


Grillinnap
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In other news, Cole Hamels signs an extension with the Phillies. The free agency market gets thinner again.


dodgersfanjeff
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Dave, Dempster would be another good/great pickup for the Dodgers. I'm not sure what/who we would give up, since we don't really have that many promising prospects, and that's part of the reason the Dodgers have to eat up all the remaining money for Hanley's contract, lol.

Wow, Hamels for $144 million.


dd88
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^^Jeff- sounds like the Cubs want Zach Lee to be included as a package for Dempster. I'm not so sure about that as Lee is still one of the top pitching prospects for the Dodgers, and Dempster may end up being just a couple month rental. Hopefully Dempster plays hardball and insist on coming to the Dodgers, and the Cubs have to take whatever the Dodgers are willing to offer them.


dodgersfanjeff
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^^Dave, yeah I'm hoping the Dodgers don't include Lee. I know Dempster and Lilly are great friends, and that could be another reason why Dempster may be trying to force his way to the Dodgers, and why he rejected a "done deal" earlier that would have sent him to the Braves.


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