After much speculation, the Miami Marlins have traded Nate Eovaldi and Garrett Jones, along with prospect Domingo German to the New York Yankees for Martin Prado and David Phelps.
After the acquisitions of Matt Latos and Dan Haren, the Marlins were looking to trade someone from a crowded rotation. The Marlins first acquired Eovaldi, 24, from the Dodgers in exchange for Hanley Ramirez. In his four-year career, he is 15-35 with a 4.06 ERA.
Garrett Jones was signed last offseason by Miami, and with $5 million left on his contract for next year, there was much speculation that the Marlins would have to pay for some of the salary. Instead Miami are receiving money from New York, which made the deal more enticing. Jones has the power for the infamous right field porch at Yankees Stadium, however he struggles against lefties, having hit .221 in 2014. He is expected to be the first baseman for New York when Mark Teixeria is not playing or is DH.
The most notable player the Yankees are receiving is Minor League prospect Domingo German. German was the only player from Miami that was invited to the Futures game this past summer in Minneapolis. German is only 21 and in his first transition into becoming a starter, went 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA in Single A Greensboro. German was ranked by Baseball America as the sixth best prospect in the organization.
It only took four years, but the Marlins finally got Martin Prado, a name they have been trying to get since 2010. Prado was on the Braves during that time, when the Marlins tried to trade for him in the Dan Uggla trade, but to no avail. Prado is a very versatile player who has the ability to play every position in the field, and can also hit successfully, having a career .291 batting average in nine seasons.
Lastly, David Phelps is a 27 year old pitcher who can either be a fifth starter, or the long relief man out of the bullpen. In three years, Phelps is 15-14 with a 4.21 ERA, as well as a 8.0 K/9. Phelps will likely start the year in the bullpen due to the crowded rotation in Miami.
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