May 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon (9) slides into second base beneath the tag of Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (3) on a double in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Marlins 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
3. What was the worst move of the offseason?
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Kassim: Neither the Aaron Crow nor the Dee Gordon trade make much sense to me, still. Neither improved the team as much as the Marlins would like to think and both trades likely hurt the Marlins in the future, as they traded a ton of talent and didn’t get a whole lot in return.
Zylberkan: The Dee Gordon trade. The Marlins traded a very exciting player, Andrew Heaney, one of the best young left handed pitching prospects in the league and two very versatile guys with lots of value Kike Hernandez and Austin Barnes to the Dodgers in return for a speed only second baseman who had a career high OBP of .321 last year and isn’t a particularly good fielder. Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi fleeced the Marlins, its like they were trying to do their best Dave Dombrowski impression.
Lepree: Acquiring Dee Gordon/Dan Haren. This deal was a real head scratcher. Andrew Heaney for Gordon straight up would like have been an overpay. Enrique Hernandez and Chris Hatcher weren’t exactly throw-ins, which that’s my main beef with this deal. The Fish lost a lot of depth, and gained a one dimensional player alongside, an aged pitcher, who has caused more drama than any episode of CSI Miami. The real kicker was seeing the Dodgers flip Heaney for a better second baseman in Howie Kendrick.
Honeycutt: The worst move of the offseason was not finding a replacement for Adeiny Hechavarria. I mean, they upgraded literally every other infield position, but they couldn’t muster up something better than Hech? Kidding, kidding. I still contend that the worst move was the Gordon trade. I really, really want Gordon to do what he did with the Dodgers last year and steal a ton of bases, have a high on-base leading off and all that. I just get the bad feeling he’s going to be Emilio Bonifacio 2.0: a one-tool player that pitchers figure out how to exploit very quickly.
Murrell: The worst move is definitely the Gordon trade. While I like the player Gordon is (he seems to have made the adjustments needed to allow his speed to be a factor in games), surrendering that much future value was not necessary. Also, Haren will probably not be any better than any of the Marlins’ internal options, especially if Heaney was still with the organization. Dealing prospects to secure wins in the short term is a good move, but you have to run an effective cost benefit analysis. Too much value was given up for guys that simply aren’t pivotal points of the team.
Posada: Nothing really glaring stands out. Some might scoff at giving up prospects for Gordon, but those can be such a crap shoot. Speed at the top of the lineup can help wreck havoc on opposing pitchers, and Gordon helps shore up a second base spot that was a revolving door last season. Plus if Haren decides to pitch – which seems to be the case, at the moment – then he could be the gravy in that trade, as Marlins Park can suit his fly ball tendencies. If he can find something resembling his old form, then what turned out to be a throw-in can actually pay dividends, whether as important starter or trade chip.