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First they traded Garrett Jones and Nathan Eovaldi to the Yankees for Martin Prado and David Phelps. This made a lot of sense for the Marlins because both Jones and Eovaldi were both somewhat unnecessary after the signing of Mike Morse to likely play first and there trade for Mat Latos adding to an already full rotation.
Prado is a great all around player who can play multiple positions and can bat well. Prado along with the additions of Dee Gordon and Mike Morse earlier this offseason give the Marlins an infield with plenty of talent to go along with their young and powerful outfield. David Phelps is also now on the Marlins as part of this trade and he will likely serve as a reliever.
The other trade the Marlins completed just a few days later was with the Giants, sending Casey McGehee who like Jones and Eovaldi was now out of a job because he was replaced by Prado. The Marlins only got two minor leaguers in return who will almost certainly will not be helping out at the major league level in 2015. This trade was mostly a matter of salary dumping. The Marlins have a very low budget and with the addition of Prado ho will be payed $11,000,000 next year McGehee is an unnecessary cost who fits better San Francisco where he will serve as the third baseman after the departure of Pablo Sandoval.