San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to wheel
and deal on Wednesday at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, as they
made two more significant moves.
First, Los Angeles shipped infielder Dee Gordon and veteran right-hander Dan
Haren to the Miami Marlins for a four-player package that included prized
pitching prospect Andrew Heaney.
But Heaney was only a Dodger for hours before he was sent across town to the
Angels in a straight swap for second baseman Howie Kendrick.
This deal comes on the heels of the Dodgers reportedly picking up shortstop
Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gordon is coming off a solid season that saw him hit .289 over 148 games
while leading the majors with 64 stolen bases and 12 triples. However, he
posted a miserable 47/4 K/BB ratio with a .648 OPS during the second half.
“Thank you @Dodgers for the last 6 (years) of my life. You are an amazing
organization with tremendous leadership. You’ve stood by me in the bad times
and made me a stronger man,” Gordon said in a statement on his twitter
Gordon stole six more bases than the entire Marlins team last season.
Haren recently exercised a $10 million option for the upcoming season, but
has also stated that if he was dealt anywhere other than to the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim that he would retire.
He made 32 starts for the Dodgers last season and produced a 13-11 record with
a 4.02 ERA. However, he was not used in the Dodgers’ National League Division
Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Heaney, meanwhile, was the ninth overall pick in 2012, but struggled in
limited big league action last season, pitching to a 5.83 ERA in five starts
in place of the injured Jose Fernandez.
The 23-year-old left-hander bounced back in the minors and posted a 3.28 ERA
with 143 strikeouts over 137 1/3 innings. Over 259 2/3 career minor league
innings Heaney has compiled a 2.77 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 262/68 K/BB ratio.
Kendrick has been one of the most consistent second basemen in baseball over
the last couple of seasons. The nine-year vet has spent his entire career with
the Angels, compiling a .292 batting average with 78 home runs and 501 RBI.
Kendrick was an All-Star in 2011 and posted the best WAR of his career, 5.4,
The Marlins also sent righty Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and
catcher Austin Barnes to the Dodgers.
Shortstop Miguel Rojas went from the Dodgers to Miami.