Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Welcome to the Blue, Hanley!!!

WooHoo!  I love this trade.

Sure, I liked Nathan Eovaldi and saw him as a potential bottom of the rotation starter in the future, but to get a bat like Hanley Ramirez makes losing him worth it.  Although Hanley has had a poor 2012 season, I think he is bound to come back to his mashing ways. (fingers crossed)

Welcome to the Blue, Hanley! 

Below are his lifetime stats, via Baseball Reference:

From the Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired three-time All-Star infielder Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate from the Miami Marlins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga right-hander Scott McGough. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

"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," said Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti. "We're excited for Hanley to begin a new chapter in Los Angeles."

Now, let's not forget the about other player coming over to the Dodgers.  Randy Choate is a veteran left handed reliever who should provide from needed help in the bullpen. 
Choate has a 2.49 ERA in 44 relief appearances with the Marlins in his 12th Major League season. The 36-year-old has limited opposing hitters to a .178 batting average this season, including a .150 mark by left-handed hitters. Choate has allowed just three extra-base hits while striking out 27 in 25.1 innings this season.

"Randy Choate is a veteran pitcher that provides depth to our bullpen and gives Don Mattingly another left-handed relief option," said Colletti.
Here are his career stats, via Baseball Reference:

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