Holy moly! What a day for the Dodgers.
After lulling its audience into believing they would do nothing the Dodgers go ahead and splurge all at once. Following on the heels of the trade that brings Jimmy Rollins to play shortstop we find out that a blockbuster trade has been completed with the Miami Marlins. Keep in mind, though, that this deal has yet to be confirmed by the clubs involved, but has received widespread confirmations throughout the peanut gallery.
The Dodgers will send fan favorite Dee Gordon and starting pitcher Dan Haren to Miami for top rated left-handed starting pitching prospect Andrew Heaney, right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher, infield prospect Austin Barnes and infield prospect Kike Hernandez.
Wow! What a bevy of players.
From what I understand, Andrew Heaney is one of Miami's top starting pitching prospects, so he'll slot in nicely into Haren's spot. Also, Chris Hatcher had been fairly effective in a relief role this past season in Miami. As for the remaining two players, they have potential, but are hardly key pieces to the deal.
Something of note, Heaney would likely rank as the Dodgers 2nd or 3rd best prospect in our system, so we got quite a prize for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren. The Dodgers front office definitely sold high on Dee.
I'll have more details later on; including my own card creations for the new Dodgers, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: If you can't tell, I'm kinda excited about this trade. It's the kind of deal I expected to see from our new front office and I'm glad that my expectations are being met. On the flip side, I really like Dee Gordon... Like, I considered him to be the most 'True-Blue' Dodger on the entire roster kind of like for him. If I were a younger lad I might be in tears at the thought of him playing elsewhere.
UPDATE II: This is cold! Via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Dodgers are paying all of Dan Haren's $10Mil salary for 2015 should he not retire,
Hearing that #dodgers, as part of trade with #Marlins, agreed to pay Haren's $10 million. So Haren is a "free pitcher" for #Marlins.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 11, 2014
UPDATE III: It is now being reported that Dodger infielder Miguel Rojas was also a part of the trade. He goes to the Marlins, via Joe Fisaro at MLB.com:
I've heard INF Miguel Rojas is also headed to #Marlins from #Dodgers and Miami will receive financial compensation if Haren retires
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 11, 2014
UPDATE IV: Here's the official Dodger press release on all the details of this crazy blockbuster trade:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the acquisitions of infielder Howie Kendrick from the Angels and prospects infielder/outfielder Kike Hernandez, catcher Austin Barnes and right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher from the Marlins. The acquisitions were made through two separate trades, a seven-player deal with Miami - with Los Angeles acquiring Hernandez, Barnes, Hatcher and left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney in exchange for infielder Dee Gordon, right-handed pitcher Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named later or cash considerations - and a subsequent trade that sent Heaney to the Angels in exchange for Kendrick.
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