"For me this day is not easy, the Marlins have been my family, the only one I had in baseball," Ramirez told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com. "I will never forget who gave me that first opportunity that every human being needs. They will always be in my heart."
"I leave with some regret, not having helped bring a championship to Miami, but otherwise, I just keep positive memories of my time with the team," Ramirez said.
The move solidifies the Dodgers' infield, which has lacked production all season because of the slumps endured by third baseman Juan Uribe and first baseman James Loney, and adds a left-handed option to the bullpen, which has had only one lefty -- Scott Elbert.
Ramirez was available because, like Uribe and Loney, he's having a poor season (.246) in his first year at third base, but he led major league shortstops with 124 home runs from 2006 to 2010. He hit only .243 last year and frequently has been accused of a less than positive attitude. He'll begin his Dodgers career at shortstop because Dee Gordon is on the disabled list.
"It's no secret I love (Ramirez). He needs to have a fresh beginning, a new beginning," said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria in a FOX Sports interview. "This is a very painful moment for me. But we had to do something."
It's an expensive move for the Dodgers. Ramirez is making $15 million this year and is due to make $15.5 million next year and $16 million in 2014.
Choate, who turns 37 in September, is the classic situational left-hander. He has pitched just 25 1/3 innings in 44 appearances this year, and left-handed hitters are batting just .150 against him.
Eovaldi, 22, is 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA in his first full season as a starter for the Dodgers, but he frequently has been victimized by a lack of run support.
McGough, also 22, was 3-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 35 appearances for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2011.
The Marlins insist they are not giving up on the season even though they traded second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Detroit for three prospects.
Emilio Bonifacio will move from center field to replace Infante at second base. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc will replace Anibal Sanchez in the starting rotation, with his first start set for Saturday against San Diego.
Justin Ruggiano will play center field. Greg Dobbs started in right field Tuesday, but manager Ozzie Guillen said he could move Ruggiano there and move Bonifacio to center and have rookie Donovan Solano play second base.
Guillen tried his best to put a positive spin on the developments earlier Tuesday, before the Ramirez trade was announced.
"I know a lot of people say, 'OK, they're done. Out,' " Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "(But) I still like my lineup, especially with (Giancarlo) Stanton coming back (next month).
"If they play up to their potential, of course we're going to compete. We still have a face, we still have people here to get this thing done."