Yankees trade Martin Prado and David Phelps to Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones

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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.

Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season.

Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. He made his big league debut two years later and, after a few years shuttling back and forth to the minors, moved from third base to the outfield and finally found success.

He wound up playing his entire 14-year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as position players with that much longevity with the franchise. He heads into a weekend four-game series against Detroit with the third-most walks (682), fourth-most homers (190), fifth-most doubles (357) and sixth-most games played (1,749) in club history.

The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in getting hit by pitches.

While he never quite hit with the kind of average the Royals hoped he would, Gordon did through sheer grit turn himself into one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outfielder to earn seven Gold Gloves in a nine-year span, a number that trails only White’s eight for the most in franchise history, and there are enough replays of him crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium or throwing out a runner at the plate to run for hours.

Gordon won the first of three defensive player of the year awards in 2014, when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since its 1985 championship. The Royals wound up losing to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to the Fall Classic the following year and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.

It was during the 2015 that Gordon hit one of the iconic homers in Royals history. His tying shot off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.

Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season, and he never considered opting out when the coronavirus pandemic caused spring training to be halted and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule.

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