The uncertainty surrounding Nathan Eovaldi‘s future with the Miami Marlins came to a head on Friday when the hurler was shipped to the New York Yankees along with Garrett Jones and minor leaguer Domingo German in exchange for Martin Prado and David Phelps.
After having to play baseball in Japan in 2013 for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Casey Mcgehee had a fantastic 2014 with the Miami Marlins. He hit .287 with a .355 OBP and somehow drove in 76 runs while only hitting four home runs. While many saw this as a great cheap signing for the Marlins that they had to hold on to, the Marlins sold high and flipped him to the Giants for two prospect pitchers.
About 24 hours after welcoming a new first baseman, new second baseman and new starting pitcher to the organization in an introductory news conference at Marlins Park, Mike Hill got around to talking about his latest big move Saturday — upgrading third base.
Phelps’ wife informed Sarah they had been traded to Miami and she looked forward to seeing them again. When McGehee returned home he learned the full details of the trade, and then it hit him.
The Marlins agreed to send right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Garrett Jones and minor league right-hander Domingo German to the Yankees for infielder Martin Prado and right-hander David Phelps. The Marlins also are getting $6 million ($3 million in 2015 and 2016) to help offset the remaining $22 million left on Prado's contract.
For anyone who followed the team in 2014, Miami Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill did not have to explain why telling Casey McGehee he no longer was a Marlin was so difficult.
Casey McGehee, the National League Comeback Player of the Year, finds himself on the move again. After helping the Marlins make a 15-game improvement in the standings, the 32-year-old third baseman was traded to the World Series champion Giants.
One of the more hectic offseasons in Marlins' recent history got a little busier on Friday afternoon when the club announced it acquired infielder Martin Prado, right-hander David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in a five-player deal. First baseman Garrett Jones, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and pitching prospect Domingo German will be heading to New York as part of the fifth trade Miami has completed since Thanksgiving.
The decision to trade McGehee, the National League Comeback Player of the Year in 2014, came the same day Miami acquired Martin Prado, who will take over at third base, from the Yankees. "We love [Prado's] athleticism," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "We love what he brings defensively to the table and the fact we control him an additional year. "
Adding Martin Prado to the equation gives manager Mike Redmond some interesting decisions to make regarding the Marlins' batting order. It may also impact when slugger Giancarlo Stanton comes to the plate.
Around The League
San Diego might not be done with big acquisitions. The Padres and Phillies have discussed a potential trade for left-hander Cole Hamels, Philly.com reported Sunday evening. Outfielder Wil Myers — who came to San Diego as part of Friday’s four-team blockbuster — would be the headliner heading back to Philadelphia, according to the report.
It's been a surprising, slow-to-develop Hot Stove season for the Giants. But all could be forgotten in a hurry next spring if Matt Cain returns strong to join Madison Bumgarner in one of baseball's best 1-2 combinations The Giants didn't bring back the one free agent everyone thought they would, Pablo Sandoval, and kept a couple that seemed likely to head elsewhere in Jake Peavy and big-ticket setup man Sergio Romo. They lost third-base coach Tim Flannery to retirement.
The Yankees are prepared to open the 2015 season with a 24-year-old shortstop and a 23-year-old second baseman. Three of their projected five starting pitchers could be 26 or younger. Out in the bullpen, Shawn Kelley might be the only reliever who has celebrated a 30th birthday. Yes, friends, the Yankees are getting younger. Never saw that coming, did you? This shift toward more youth is one of the interesting storylines of general manager Brian Cashman's offseason.
DENVER -- Keeping up with Hot Stove activity is secondary to getting healthy for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- even though he is the subject of prominent rumors.
At Fish Stripes
Miami invited Haren, however because he has yet to make a decision, did not attend. Plus other notes from Friday's press conference.
The Miami Marlins are not done wheeling and dealing just yet, as they acquired Martin Prado and reliever David Phelps from the New York Yankees for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones, and prospect Domingo German.
Both Single-A pitchers head to Miami in exchange for Casey McGehee.
Miami acquired Martin Prado and David Phelps and traded Casey McGehee on Friday. Here are some reactions from around the league.
Mat Latos nearly wore a Heat jersey to his intro presser.