The Miami Marlins today announced they have acquired right-handed pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for third baseman Hanley Ramirez and left-handed pitcher Randy Choate. The announcement was made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest.
Eovaldi (E-val-di), 22, has gone 1-6, 4.15 in 10 starts this season, getting just 1.4 runs of support per start, the lowest among Major League starters, while holding right-handed hitters to a .202 (18x89) average. He also appeared in nine games, eight starts, with double-A Chattanooga this season, going 2-2, 3.09. Ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the Dodgers' organization prior to 2012, Eovaldi made his ML debut in 2011 after being drafted in the 11th round of the 2008 Draft out of Alvin (TX) High School. He is expected to join the Marlins Friday, and start on Saturday vs. the Padres.
McGough, 22, was the Dodgers' fifth-round selection in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Oregon. He has gone 3-5, 3.99 with five saves in 35 relief appearances with single-A Rancho Cucamonga this season, with 48 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. He made his pro debut in 2011 and was a combined 1-5, 2.77 with 10 saves in 26 games. He is from Pittsburgh, PA. He will be assigned to single-A Jupiter.
Ramirez, acquired by the Marlins in a seven-player trade from Boston following the 2005 season, was the 2006 Rookie of the Year and won the NL batting title in 2009. He is currently hitting .246 (87x353) in 93 games. Overall with the Marlins, Ramirez had a .300 average with 148 home runs and 482 RBI in 943 games.
Choate was signed by the Marlins as a free agent prior to the 2011 season and is a free agent following this season. He is 0-0, 2.49 in 44 appearances this season and has gone 1-1, 2.16 in 98 games with the Marlins overall (50 IP, 12 ER).