Veteran infielder/outfielder Martin Prado, whom the Yankees acquired from the Diamondbacks in July, is now headed to the Marlins in a big swap.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post the Yankees are sending Prado and right-hander David Phelps to the Marlins in exchange for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Garrett Jones, and minor leaguer Domingo German.
Prado can play all over the field defensively, but presumably the Marlins want him as their primary third baseman and are prepared to either bench or trade Casey McGehee. They just acquired Dee Gordon to play second base and the outfield is pretty set. Prado is owed $11 million in each of the next two seasons and hit .282 with 12 homers and a .733 OPS in 143 games this year after posting similar numbers in 2013.
Phelps has split his time with the Yankees between the rotation and bullpen, posting a 4.21 ERA in 299 total innings. At age 28 he’s under team control through 2019 as likely fits in Miami as a mid-rotation starter.
Eovaldi has logged 460 innings in the majors despite not yet turning 25 years old, including 199 innings in 2014. He throws hard and has a decent 4.07 career ERA, but his strikeout rate has been mediocre. He should step into the Yankees’ rotation and is under team control through 2017, giving them a young arm with some upside.
Jones is a veteran left-handed bat who can play first base or an outfield corner, giving the Yankees some insurance behind Mark Teixeira. However, he’s not really a starting-caliber player with a modest .240 batting average and .715 OPS during the past two seasons.
German put up good numbers as a 21-year-old starter at low Single-A, but he’s not considered a top prospect and is a long way from the majors.
PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.
The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.
The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.
“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”
New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.
“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”
Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.
The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.
New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.
Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.