The Marlins and Dodgers have completed a big trade that will send 2014 All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and veteran starting pitcher Dan Haren to Miami in exchange for top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney, outfielder Kiké Hernandez, reliever Chris Hatcher, and catching prospect Austin Barnes.
With the acquisition of Jimmy Rollins earlier in the day, the Dodgers likely considered Gordon expendable. The 26-year-old figures to be a mainstay atop the Marlins' lineup, having finally broken out this year after three substandard seasons. The converted shortstop easily led all of baseball with 64 stolen bases in 83 attempts, and though he does not have the most refined approach at the plate, his game-changing speed could make him a thorn in the Mets' side for years to come.
The 33-year-old Haren is coming off a so-so season in which he had a 4.02 ERA and 4.09 FIP over 186 innings. He is signed through the 2015 season for $10 million. It is important to note that Haren has hinted he plans to retire if traded anywhere other than the Angels.
The big name on the Dodgers' end is Heaney, who was the Marlins' top overall prospect, according to MLB.com. Although he struggled in his brief stay with the big league club, the former 9th-overall pick has put up stellar numbers in his three minor league seasons. The 23-year-old, who owns an 2.77 ERA and over a strikeout per inning in the minors, should make an impact for the Dodgers at some point in 2015. Los Angeles will also shed $12.5 million in payroll thanks to the trade, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.