Hanley Ramirez has been a diva in his stint with the Miami Marlins. From complaining, to a lack of hustle, Ramirez has always been a frustrating player for Marlins' fans to watch. He has enormous talent and has proved it in the past.
Hanley Ramirez was traded from the Red Sox to the Marlins, before the 2006 season, in a deal involving Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. The trade has been regarded as one of the best trades of all time.
After six and a half years with the Marlins, they traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night. Miami sent Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate to the Dodgers for young right handed pitcher, Nate Eovaldi, and pitching prospect, Scott McGough. The Dodgers will take on all of Hanley Ramirez's remaining contract, which expires after the 2014 season.
The trading of Hanley Ramirez was not a surprise in the baseball universe, however, what the Marlins received for him was. Most analysts believe that the Marlins did not get enough for the 28 year old all-star and I tend to agree with them. Nate Eovaldi is a nice, young pitcher, but they probably could have gotten more in a trade else-where. I thought the Orioles and Pirates could have been a nice fit.
Nevertheless, the Dodgers got the bat they needed and they still may not be done trading. The reported trade sending Ryan Dempster to the Braves has apparently fallen through, and there is speculation that the Dodgers may try to snag him. Los Angeles' ownership promised to be buyers at the deadline, and they haven't disappoined.
The Dodgers are 53-45 on the season and are 2.5 games back in the National League West.
Josh Johnson may be the next piece to move out of Miami, after pitching a one-hit gem on Monday night. The Rangers have already shown interest in the talented righty.
Other trade deadline notes for Tuesday:
- The Phillies signed Cole Hamels to a 6 year $144 million extension. There is growing speculation that Cliff Lee may be put on the block.
- Wandy Rodriguez was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, Colton Cain. The Astros will pay part of Wandy's remaining salary.
- The Rays traded for recently DFA'd Diamondback, Ryan Roberts. They give up minor leaguer, Tyler Bortnick in the deal.
- Hideki Matsui was DFA'd last night.