Trading Hanley remains unlikely
MIAMI — Once again, Hanley Ramirez finds his name in trade speculation.
The latest report comes from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who claims at least four teams have talked to the Marlins about Ramirez.
As the dust settles in the aftermath of the Winter Meetings, this much is clear. MLB.com has learned several teams indeed spoke with Miami officials about Ramirez in Dallas. But the Marlins didn’t initiate the conversations. They were measuring what might be out there should they decide to shop their All-Star infielder.
After Miami signed Jose Reyes, some teams wondered what was next with Ramirez? Since the Marlins are open to talking about any of their players, they listened. Nothing more.
What should be clear is the Marlins have no intentions of trading Ramirez. They are hoping he makes a smooth transition to third base.
The team envisions Reyes and Ramirez forming one of the most dynamic left sides of an infield in the big leagues. That’s the hope. They see Reyes leading off, creating havoc, and Ramirez having ample opportunities to drive in runs.
If both are playing at a high level, the Marlins should have an explosive offense.
Right now, Ramirez is rehabbing his surgically-repaired left shoulder and working out in Miami with his former teammate, Miguel Cabrera.
For now, speculation that Ramirez will be traded is just that.
The Marlins are not looking to move Ramirez. But based on feedback they received in Dallas, they know there is a market for their talented infielder, should the organization have a change of heart.
— Joe Frisaro