Dodgers send Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas to Miami for Andrew Heaney and three others

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UPDATE: The Dodgers have now flipped Heaney to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. The full writeup is here.

10:32 PM: MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro says shortstop Miguel Rojas is also headed to Miami. And the Marlins will receive compensation if Dan Haren (who’s owed $10 million in 2015) decides to retire. Haren has said that he won’t pitch for a team from outside Los Angeles due to family reasons.

7:25 PM: The deal is done, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that it’s Dee Gordon and Dan Haren from the Dodgers to the Marlins in exchange for Andrew Heaney, Kiké Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher.

Whew.

Now, yes, Dan Haren may follow through on his promise to retire, and if he does and the Marlins don’t get him to eat some innings, you have to figure some contingency is built in requiring the Dodgers to send more back Miami’s way. But we do know Gordon is going to Miami.

To the Dodgers: Heaney, who is a strong pitching prospect. Kiké Hernandez, a 23 year-old who played every position except catcher and first base last season between Houston and Miami and posted a 107 OPS+ in the process. Barnes, a catcher who played at high-A and Double-A last season and who has hit everywhere he’s played. And finally Chris Hatcher, who is at least a serviceable reliever.

Obviously there may be more involved here if Haren retires, but even if he doesn’t or even, in the event he does, the Dodgers send more, this seems like a deal strongly in the Dodgers favor.

6:50 PM: This is crazy. Andy Martino is saying the deal is done and that Dan Haren is being thrown in the deal with Dee Gordon in exchange for Andrew Heaney. Which is kind of nuts because Dan Haren is on record saying that he’ll retire if he can’t play in Los Angeles.

Is this the Dodgers hoping that Haren follows through and his salary comes off their books? What if he calls their bluff, though, and Miami is stuck with him? That makes what is already a questionable trade — a pretty spiffy pitching prospect for a guy who probably just had his career year — into an awful one, as the Fish would get an overpriced and probably malcontented pitcher staying active on a grudge.

I feel like there is more to come with this one, folks.

6:31 PM: This is interesting:

Gordon is coming off an All-Star year in which he stole 64 bases and hit 12 triples and had an OPS+ that was league average. Which, for him anyway, was perhaps a bit more than can reasonably be expected going forward . The Dodgers are likely thinking that anyway, and are perhaps selling high.

And the return is not a bad one: Heaney struggled in seven major league appearances, but he’s not yet 24, was rated the #29 overall prospect by MLB.com and #30 by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus entering the 2014 season.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.