LA Dodgers Trade For Hanley Ramirez

7/25/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Blog Photo - LA Dodgers Trade For Hanley RamirezAt one point this season, the Dodgers were the hottest team in the league. They had positioned themselves atop the NL West by an eight game margin over their rival San Francisco Giants.  Since then, however, the Dodger bats fell silent, Matt Kemp hit the DL twice with a strained hamstring, and the Giants caught fire.  The Dodgers had dropped 15 of 20 games at one point. Their offensive woes continued to cripple them, especially during the period with Kemp on the DL.

After the All-star break, the Dodgers lost four of five before reeling off five straight wins as a result of their resurgent bats.  However, last night they fell victim to a St. Louis Cardinlas squad who got to Clayton Kershaw often, pushing him out of the game earlier than he and Manager Don Mattingly had hoped. The Dodgers had been looking to improve their offense at the deadline, however, the only rampant rumor was the link between them and Cubs pitcher, Ryan Dempster. 

Last night at around midnight pacific time, the Dodgers pulled the trigger on a trade that would send SP Nathan Eovaldi and a prospect to be named later to the Miami Marlins for their disgruntled star, Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate. Ramirez has been struggling this season, hitting only .246 with 14 homeruns and 48 RBI, but 72 strikeouts. He never fully embraced the role at third base after the Marlins signed Jose Reyes in the offseason and he needed a change of scenery. 

With the Dodgers set to travel to San Francisco for a weekend series with the Giants, the acquisition of Ramirez couldn't have come at a better time. The Dodgers currently trail the Giants by 2.5 games in the NL West, while the Giants have gone 9-2 since the break and are one of the hottest teams in the league. In order to slow them down, another potent bat in the lineup will give them the opportunity to do so. 

Does this move allow the Dodgers to surpass their divisional foes? The Dodgers will have to pay Ramirez the remainder of his salary as well (upwards of $35 million) and they hope he is worth the dollar signs. 
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