After three days of intensive talks the Miami Marlins swung a deal they hope will shift the improving club close to a playoff contender.
The Marlins obtained speedy second baseman Dee Gordon and veteran right-hander Dan Haren from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a six-player deal Wednesday night, according to multiple reports.
Miami sent No. 1 prospect Andrew Heaney to the Dodgers along with second baseman/outfielder Enrique Hernandez, right-hander Chris Hatcher and catching prospect Austin Barnes.
Just a thought: When a bunch of stats guys take over an organization, you might not want to be among their first trade partners. Odds are, their initial analysis has concluded that the players they are giving up are players who do not look particularly good going forward.
It's too late for the Marlins to heed this warning, and the deal that Miami made on Wednesday - acquiring Dee Gordon, Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas from the newly analytical Dodgers for Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher, Kike Hernandez and Austin Barnes - could turn out to be a disaster.
The Marlins are hopeful of being in the playoff race, and they've enhanced their chances by acquiring one of the fastest players in the game.
As part of a blockbuster trade on Wednesday, Miami acquired stolen-base champion Dee Gordon and right-hander Dan Haren from the Dodgers for four players, including top prospect Andrew Heaney.
The Marlins have not confirmed the deal that will solidify their second base and leadoff spots for the foreseeable future.
MLB.com confirmed the Marlins also will get another player, utility infielder Miguel Rojas, who saw his first Major League action this past season. To complete the deal, Miami paid a hefty price, parting with Heaney, reliever Chris Hatcher, second baseman Enrique Hernandez and catching prospect Austin Barnes.
In 6 G against #Marlins in 2014, Dee Gordon went 11-for-27 (.407) with a .467 OBP, 5 SB & 6 R. Went 9-for-15 in 3 G at Marlins Park in May.— Glenn Geffner (@GlennGeffner) December 10, 2014
Dee Gordon had a .648 OPS with 47 strikeouts and four walks after the All-Star break.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) December 10, 2014
Welcome to the Fish @FlashGJr— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) December 11, 2014