Geez, you’d think next week had a holiday in it or something the way teams are furiously making moves today …
According to multiple reports, the New York Yankees are sending infielder Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to the Miami Marlins for young righty Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Garrett Jones, and pitching prospect Domingo German.
The deal gives the Yankees an arm to slide into their hollow rotation, as well as a power bat in Jones who can pick up at bats when others on the Yankees’ aging roster inevitably misses time. For the Marlins, it’s another win-now type trade, with Prado the main return. He’ll likely play third base in the Marlins’ revamped infield, with Casey McGehee now a bench guy, moved to the outfield, or moved in trade. That assumes that Michael Morse is slated for first base, but maybe he’s the one who heads to the outfield, and McGehee moves over to first.
In any case the notable bit here is that the Marlins pick up a third baseman, so they’re not going to be in that trade market anymore, unlike, for example, the Giants. If they shop McGehee, then maybe that’s where the Giants get their guy. It remains plausible that the Cubs will keep getting pinged on Luis Valbuena is where I’m going with this.
The Yankees previously indicated a willingness to go with in-house options at second base back before they signed Chase Headley (and Prado would have been playing third), so that may well be what they do now. If not, they could be shopping for an infielder.
The Marlins clearly see an opportunity to compete in the NL East, and probably also want to make good on their word to surround Giancarlo Stanton with talent after signing him to an extension. If Jose Fernandez returns healthy this year, the Marlins really could be a playoff contender.