Who Came Out Ahead on Hanley Ramirez for Josh Beckett Deal?

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Sep 14, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Martin Prado (14) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

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Jesus Delgado only pitched two innings with the Marlins and was not effective at all in them.

Hanley Ramirez came over to Miami with some baggage and question marks about if his work ethic would ever allow him to be a star player that many scouts had projected him to be.

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He quickly squashed any doubts about his chances of being a star in his first season with the Fish, posting a 30.3 fWAR over his 6 and a half season with the Marlins. That included a Rookie of the Year Award in 2006, and posting back-to-back 7.1 fWAR seasons in 2008 and 2009.

Anibal Sanchez burst on to the scene for the Marlins at Yankees Stadium, probably much like he dreamt about coming up as a Red Sox farmhand. When Anibal was healthy, he posted a 11.8 fWAR across 3 full seasons with the team. He also had 3 lost seasons due to injuries, ones in which he posted just a 1.0 fWAR. Overall, he posted a 12.8 fWAR for the Marlins across 6 and a half seasons.

The Marlins found the Dodgers as takers for them to dump Hanley Ramirez and the remains of his extension he signed in 2009. In return, they were able to get Nathan Eovaldi in return, who had been a top 100 prospect according to Baseball America before the 2012 season.

A few weeks later, the Marlins continued selling off parts, deciding they had little chance to resign the impending free agent Sanchez. He, along with Omar Infante, brought the Marlins back Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, and Brian Flynn.

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  • While Eovaldi slotted into the Marlins rotation right away, Turner was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans to work on his pitching.

    Eovaldi went on to post a career 5.1 fWAR with the Marlins, including a 3.0 fWAR for the 2014 season. Turner posted a 1.4 fWAR with the team, before the team gave up on him too soon. Turner was dealt to the Cubs for two prospects that will probably never surface with the big league team.

    Brian Flynn and Rob Brantly, the other part of the Sanchez trade, combined for a -0.4 fWAR in their time with the Marlins. Flynn was dealt along with Reid Redman to the Royals for Aaron Crow early in the offseason. Brantly was claimed off waiver by the Chicago White Sox.

    Later in the offseason, Nathan Eovaldi, along with Garrett Jones and prospect Domingo German, were dealt to the New York Yankees for Martin Prado and David Phelps.

    Nearly 10-years after the initial Hanley Ramirez-Josh Beckett swap, the Marlins are left with a 49.2 fWAR, Martin Prado, Aaron Crow, and unfortunately 0 playoff appearances. 

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