The Miami Marlins and the Dodgers are inextricably linked through history and trades:
• On April 5, 1993, in their first game, the then-Florida Marlins defeated the Dodgers, 6-3. Former Dodgers knuckleballer Charlie Hough earned the victory; Orel Hershiser took the loss.
• On May 15, 1998, the teams made perhaps the most controversial trade in Dodgers history.
The Marlins, a year removed from their first World Series title, were dumping salaries. The Dodgers, with the Fox Group taking over from the O'Malley family, were embroiled in a contract dispute with All-Star catcher Mike Piazza. In a trade engineered by Fox executives, not Dodgers officials, the team sent Piazza and infielder Todd Zeile to the Marlins for All-Stars Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield and Charles Johnson, outfielder Jim Eisenreich and rookie pitcher Manuel Barrios. The combined salaries of the players — $109. 3 million — made it the most expensive trade in baseball history at the time.
The Marlins completed their salary purge by trading Piazza to the New York Mets seven days later.
• On July 30, 2004, with the Frank McCourt-owned Dodgers in first place in the National League West, then-general manager Paul DePodesta sent popular catcher Paul Lo Duca, reliever Guillermo Mota and outfielder Juan Encarnacion to the Marlins for pitcher Brad Penny, first baseman Hee-Seop Choi and minor league pitcher Bill Murphy.