It’s pretty hectic in South Florida: crowded beaches and streets, fancy restaurants and lots of noise. However, the craziest part may be in Little Havana, where the offices of the Miami Marlins reside.
Miami has struck again, making their fifth trade since Thanksgiving, and sending right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and 1B Garrett Jones as well as pitching prospect Domingo German to the New York Yankees in exchange for infielder Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations.New York’s gem of the deal looks to be Eovaldi. Drafted in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, Nathan Eovaldi has never truly hit his stride, but his potential outweighs his current problems. Last season with the Miami Marlins, he went 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA, and his career numbers look roughly the same, at 15-35 with a 4.07 ERA over four years.
Garrett Jones had been with Pittsburgh nearly for the entirety of his career before signing with Miami last year, where he hit .246/.309/.411 (98 OPS+) with 15 home runs and 53 RBI. Domingo German has posted great numbers, going 20-10 with a 2.33 ERA in his 5 seasons in the minors, and he enjoyed a 9-3 record with a 2.48 ERA in A-Ball Greensboro.
In return, Miami gets a replacement for recently traded third baseman Casey McGehee at third in Martin Prado, a third baseman/left fielder/second baseman who hit .282/.321/.412 (104 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 58 RBI last year between Arizona and New York. Over his 9 year career, Prado is a .291/.340/.429 (108 OPS+) hitter with 78 home runs and 426 RBI, and also looks like the type of clubhouse leader the Marlins want for their revamped lineup. The Marlins have also replaced Eovaldi with RHP David Phelps, a pitcher still relatively new to the show, who went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA and a career ERA of 4.21. The Marlins have also received cash considerations to help pay for Prado’s contract.