Hanley Ramirez, a former batting champion and All-Star whose hitting skills have diminished, was traded early Wednesday morning to the Los Angeles Dodgers as the underperforming Marlins continued selling off players.
Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate were traded to the Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor-league right-hander Scott McGough. The Dodgers also agreed to pick up all of Ramirez’s contract, which will pay him about $38 million through 2014.
The trade came two days after the Marlins dealt pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers for prospects. It also comes just seven months after the Marlins went on a $190 million buying spree by signing free agents Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.
According to sources, the Marlins plan to insert Eovaldi, 22, into their starting rotation in Sanchez’s vacated spot. Eovaldi could make his first start for the Marlins on Saturday. In 10 starts this season for the Dodgers, Eovaldi was 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA.
Sources said the Marlins had spoken with about four or five teams about Ramirez, but the Dodgers were the only one willing to eat the rest of his salary.