The power-starved Dodgers will have a new weapon at their disposal in the second half of their series with the Cardinals.
Los Angeles has traded for Marlins slugger Hanley Ramirez. And the Dodgers got lefty reliever Randy Choate in the deal, too.
Ramirez is having an off year with a .246 average and 14 homers. But he's a career .300 hitter who is only 28 years old.
Things soured between the former face of the Marlins franchise and the club in the spring when the team signed Jose Reyes as a free agent and installed him at shortstop. Ramirez was forced to move from short to third base and initially said that he would rather be traded than make the switch.
The Dodgers have not yet said where they plan to play Ramirez. But they could certainly use offensive help at short AND third base.
Dee Gordon has had the bulk of the playing time at shortstop and he has a .229 batting average and a .280 on base percentage. Juan Uribe has spent the most time at third and he's got a .190 batting average.
Miami had to give up pitcher Nathan Evoldi, who is 2-8 with a 3.96 ERA in parts of two major league seasons. Also included in the deal was minor leaguer Scott McGough who is 3-5 with a 3.85 ERA in high Class A ball.
While we don't yet know if Ramirez will get his old position back, he's not going to get his familiar number. Ramirez wore number 2 with the Marlins. But the Dodgers have retired that number in honor of their former manager Tommy La Sorda.