Three trades later, their middle infield consisted of
Andrew Friedman, the new president of baseball operations, is expected to continue the reconstruction of the 94-win team by trading one or more of the Dodgers' high-priced veteran outfielders: Matt Kemp,
The furious activity started with the Dodgers reaching an agreement to acquire Rollins from the
The most valuable player of the
Rollins has one year remaining on his contract, at $11 million. He figures to serve as a place holder until 20-year-old top prospect
Rollins remains an above-average defender. He batted only .243 last season, but hit 17 home runs and stole 28 bases.
"He makes up for the half a step he's lost with his knowledge of how to play guys," Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa said. "He has great hands and a quick release."
Bowa said the Dodgers would benefit from the presence of Rollins, who won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008.
"He likes to be up in crucial situations," Bowa said. "You know that rivalry between the
With Rollins in the fold, the Dodgers went on to extract a four-player bounty from the Marlins in exchange for Gordon, Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The Marlins sent the Dodgers top pitching prospect
Later in the day, Heaney was traded to the
Like Rollins, the 31-year-old Kendrick will be a free agent at the end of the upcoming season. Kendrick is under contract next year for $9.5 million.
Kendrick is considered a better hitter than Gordon. Kendrick batted .293 with seven home runs and 75 runs batted in.
The trade of Gordon was an indication the Dodgers believed the 26-year-old's value had peaked. The fleet-footed Gordon had a breakout season this year, as he made the All-Star team and led the major leagues with 64 steals and 12 triples.
However, there were disconcerting signs late in the season. Gordon drew only four walks in 57 games after the All-Star break, a period over which his on-base percentage was a disappointing .300.
The Dodgers will cover the salaries of Gordon and Haren. Gordon is expected to earn more than $2 million in the arbitration process while Haren is guaranteed $10 million.
Haren, who lives in Irvine, had previously said he would retire if traded to a team other than the Angels.
Haren issued a statement Wednesday night, part of which read: "My strong desire to remain in southern California has been well-documented. I will have to evaluate my options carefully before making any decisions."
Haren's place in the rotation is expected to be taken by McCarthy, who has pitched for five teams over nine seasons. He has a career record of 52-65 and earned-run average of 4.09.
McCarthy, 31, split last season between the
If finalized, McCarthy's deal with the Dodgers would be worth $48 million, FoxSports.com reported.