UPDATE (Dec. 10, 7:40 p.m. PT): It appears the Dodgers are sending another infielder to Miami as a part of the multi-player deal.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 11, 2014
One day after Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi refuted a report the team was shopping All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, the Dodgers actions clearly suggested otherwise.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Dodgers traded Gordon to the Miami Marlins for pitching prospect Andrew Heaney:
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) December 10, 2014
According to Clark Spence of the Miami Herald, Dan Haren is also part of the trade:
#Marlins also receiving Haren. Giving up Kike Hernandez, Hatcher and Barnes.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 10, 2014
Heaney was selected ninth overall by the Marlins in the 2012 draft and appeared in seven games last season (five starts) in what was his first experience at the Major League level. He finished with an 0-3 record, 5.83 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Over three seasons in the Minors, Heaney is a career 16-11 with 2.77 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. While Heaney headlines the Dodgers’ return, they receive a player who has experience at catcher, second and third base in Austin Barnes, more versatility in Kike Hernandez and a catcher-turned-reliever in Chris Hatcher.
As for Gordon, despite his All-Star season, it was reported the new regime was leery of his on-base percentage. Gordon did post career-bests in games played (148), on-base percentage (.326), slugging percentage (.378), wRC+ (101), BABIP (.346) and total hits (176).
After his on-base percentage dropped to .280 in 2012, he raised it to .314 and .326 in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Haren’s inclusion in the trade presents an interesting scenario as he said he would retire if traded to a team other than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Haren exercised his $10 million player option to return for the final season on his contract.
While Gordon was traded Wednesday, the Dodgers are on the cusp of adding Jimmy Rollins in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s plausible the Dodgers could use some of the prospects acquired to get Cole Hamels included in the trade.