On Friday, the New York Yankees made a bold move to shore up their rotation; they traded veteran utility man Martin Prado, swing pitcher David Phelps, and $6 million to the Miami Marlins for 24-year-old starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi, outfielder/first baseman Garrett Jones, and pitching prospect Domingo German. Here are the SportsZone trade grades for each team:

Miami Marlins- B+

The Marlins continue their infield over-haul by adding the versatile Prado, who can play every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher. He will slot in at third base, replacing the soon to be traded Casey McGahee, joining fellow new arrivals first baseman Mike Morse and second baseman Dee Gordon, along side returning shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Prado, 31, is also a career .291 hitter who has averaged double-digit home runs and close to 70 runs scored each of the last six seasons. The risk in this trade for the Marlins is losing the rotation depth by going from Eovaldi to Phelps, who has always seemed better suited for a long-relief role than a full-time starter position. The Marlins rotation is currently led by Mat Latos, Henderson Alvarez, and Jarrod Cosart, while ace of the staff Jose Fernandez will likely be eased back into his return from Tommy John, meaning that losing a potential innings eater in Eovaldi could hurt if some of the Marlins’ younger arms can’t fill in the gap (or if Dan Haren does retire), but adding Prado to the lineup is a risk the Marlins are prepared to take in an attempt to compete in Giancarlo Stanton’s prime years.


One would think that when a team is reliant on a collection of older, battered veterans, that team would want at least one player with proven durability and versatility to hedge their bets on the chance that the worst happens and injuries strike. Prado, who was slated to start the season at second base, gave the Yankees that insurance as a player capable of moving all around the diamond defensively, and his bat fit nicely with the Yankees (.316 batting average with seven homers in 133 at bats). While there is a definite, glaring need for a workhorse in a rotation featuring four huge question marks (CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, and Masahiro Tanaka), giving up Prado and Phelps for Eovaldi is a huge risk. The 24-year-old former Dodger set a career high with 199.2 innings pitched last season and averaged 96 miles per hour on his fastball throughout the year, but has never really been good at fooling hitters, with a career WHIP of 1.38, ERA of 4.07, and only 321 strikeouts in 460 total innings. While he could improve the odds of him turning in better numbers at Yankee Stadium, as opposed to in Miami or Los Angeles aren’t good. And the addition of Jones, who the Marlins desperately wanted to get rid of him due to a back-loaded two-year deal he signed last season, with the Yankees paying him $5 million after two sub-par seasons where he hit under .250 and only 15 home runs after blasting 27 in 2012. He can back up Mark Teixeira and DH if needed but he’s not someone anyone wants playing everyday. This might have been done to free up money to make a run a Max Scherzer, but it came at the expense of a valuable tool the Yankees could have use, and the loss of Prado will look much worse if prospects Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela prove not ready for the majors.

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