In addition to Gordon, Haren and Rojas, the Dodgers will send a player to be named later or cash considerations, which, in essence, allowed them to purchase four prospects in pitcher Andrew Heaney, reliever Chris Hatcher, utility man Enrique Hernandez, and minor league catcher Austin Barnes.
Heaney was the real catch of the group — rated by many as one of the top-30 prospects in baseball heading into 2014, but the good news is that the other players are far from throw-aways.
At the very least, the Dodgers got a very, very good prospect and a few who can fill out their depleted farm system (or to potentially use as bait in other trades — see below), and at best, the Genius Squad completely man-handled the Marlins front office. Either way, chalk it up as a win.
Finally, to cap off a Genius Squad dream day, the Dodgers are reportedly nearing a four-year deal with McCarthy. Of all the pitchers left on the market, it seemed McCarthy was the one most geeks in the world loved. Sure, his traditional numbers (ERA) weren’t great, but a look beneath the surface indicates that McCarthy was a much better pitcher than he got credit for.
Of course, with McCarthy, the question is whether he can remain healthy for the life of a contract — but, as Mike Petriello points out, beggars can’t be choosers:
Four years for McCarthy sounds like a lot. Counter-point: it's four years or don't get him. There's no "two-year alternative."
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) December 11, 2014
So yeah, it’s risky, but the Dodgers aren’t going to get solid players for less years, so we’ll take what we can get.
Of course, the Genius Squad wasn’t done trolling the world.
As mentioned earlier, the Dodgers turned Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas and Dan Haren into prospect Andrew Heaney and friends. Well, hopefully you didn’t print an Andrew Heaney jersey because new the Dodgers quickly turned Heaney into Angels’ second baseman Howie Kendrick.
To recap: the Dodgers turned Dee Gordon (2.4 WAR), Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas into Howie Kendrick (5.4 WAR) AND PROSPECTS.
Somehow the Dodgers managed to upgrade at second base and ditch Haren’s contract in exchange for receiving quality baseball players. That sounds like a good deal! Yay Genius Squad!
(To be continued…)