If the Yankees are looking to the trade market to replace the recently injured Alex Rodriguez, they just lost one potential target.
According to multiple reports, the Marlins have traded third baseman Hanley Ramirez and lefty hurler Randy Choate to the Dodgers for pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough.
Ramirez was perhaps the biggest position player available this summer. He's a career .300 hitter with a .374 on-base percentage and 148 home runs, giving him the most attractive resume on the block.
But Ramirez has been struggling since the start of the 2011 season. He hit .243 with 10 home runs during an injury shortened campaign last year and has a .246 average this season with a career-worst .322 OBP and 14 home runs.
A former shortstop, he moved to third base after the Marlins acquired Jose Reyes last winter. A bad fielder at short, he's been even worse at third base, posting a -11.2 UZR/150, an advanced stat that measures a fielder's ability to get to balls hit into his zone. Ramirez, 28, is making $15 million this season and is due $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014. The LA Times reported that the Marlins will not send any money to the Dodgers.
Choate has a 2.49 ERA in 25.1 innings this season out of the bullpen.
Eovaldi is 2-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 20 games (16 starts) for the Dodgers since 2011. McGough, a 22-year-old minor leaguer who has yet to reach Double-A, is 4-10 with a 3.48 ERA in two minor league seasons.