The Dodgers and Marlins are reportedly nearing a close on a deal that would send Los Angeles shortstop Dee Gordon to Miami in exchange for left-hander Andrew Heaney. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, who first reported that the trade was in the works, Dodgers starter Dan Haren has also come up in talks.
Gordon's status has flip-flopped during the last day or so. After Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Dodgers were "open to moving" their All-Star second baseman, the LA Times' Bill Shaikin tweeted that Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi voiced his desire to keep Gordon because he's a "cost-controlled All-Star [second baseman]." With Olney's recent report, however, it appears that the Dodgers are not only making Gordon available, but they are also on the verge of completing a deal to send him to Miami.
Last season, Gordon hit .289/.326/.378 while leading the league in triples and stolen bases during his first full season in the majors. He also scored 92 runs, ultimately finishing with a 101 wRC+ that put him right around the league average. That was still 13 points above the wRC+ of the average big league second baseman, however.
Heaney got his first taste of action in the majors last season, struggling to keep the ball in the yard on the way to a 5.83 ERA and 0-3 record in seven appearances, five of which were starts. Still, the left-hander is young (he's 23), and Baseball America ranked him as its 30th-best prospect last season. Heaney was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State, and he shot up through the minor leagues, where he has a career 2.77 ERA in 259.2 innings. His slider is a serious weapon that complements his low-90s fastball, and his changeup is generally viewed as a solid out pitch against right-handed batters.