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Yankees Trade Martin Prado for Nathan Eovaldi

19 Dec

Nathan Eovaldi is headed to the Bronx.

The New York Yankees have traded Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Miami Marlins in exchange for 24-year-old pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones, and prospect Domingo German, according to reports.

After being acquired by the Yankees at the 2014 trade deadline, Prado played 37 games for the Bombers hitting .316 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs.

He was an extremely versatile player who hit for both power and average in New York, and was expected to man the 2nd base position for at least the next few years.

In three seasons with the Yankees, David Phelps consistently flip flopped between the bullpen and starting rotation. He was a 4th-5th starter or long man at best who had to rely more on toughness and grit to get opposing hitters out.

Eovaldi, who will be 25 in February, went 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 199.2 innings for the Marlins last season. He also gave up the most hits in the National League. He was originally acquired by the Marlins in a 2012 deal that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers.

On the flip side, Eovaldi is known for a power fastball which was ranked 4th best in all of baseball last season with an average velocity of 95.7 MPH. He’s also still 24-years-old with tremendous room to grow.

The Yankees also acquired Garrett Jones who in 146 games in Miami last season hit .246 with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs. Jones had a career year in 2012 with Pittsburgh when he hit a career high 27 home runs and drove in a career high 86 runs. In the last two years, Jones has hit a combined 30 long balls.

Marlins prospect Domingo German is the final player in the deal headed to the Yankees. German is 22, and went 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA, and 113 strikeouts in 123 innings for 123 1/2 IPs in A-ball last season.

German was rated as the 8th best prospect in the Marlins system with a fastball that reaches speeds of 97 MPH.

The Verdict: Losing Martin Prado is a killer for the Yankees. At the same time though, the Yanks needed pitching after losing Brandon McCarthy to the Dodgers, and Eovaldi is a power arm with a ton of potential. Don’t expect much from Garrett Jones, and Domingo German has never pitched past A-ball. As for the 2nd base spot, expect the Yankees to have a spring training competition with Rob Refsnyder coming in as the favorite.

 
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Posted by on 12/19/2014 in MLB, Sports Writing

 

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