Edwin Rodriguez on Reyes and Ramirez
MIAMI — Former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez offered some interesting comments and observations on Wednesday on MLB Network Radio.
A guest of Todd Hollandsworth and Jim Memolo, Rodriguez questioned why Miami would sign Jose Reyes when they already had an All-Star shortstop in Hanley Ramirez. But the former manager added that if Ramirez buys into the move to third base, he and Reyes could form one of the most productive left sides in the game.
“I think it’s going to be a very interesting situation, to say the least,” Rodriguez said. “Knowing Hanley. He’s a very proud player. It’s going to be very hard for him to move out of shortstop. He’s a big league shortstop. He’s an All-Star shortstop. In my opinion, they’re going to have a tough time trying to convince him to move to third base.”
Rodriguez also pointed out that it will be interesting to see how Ramirez responds when Reyes is making headlines, and when the All-Star balloting results come out.
“It will be very interesting to see how Hanley will handle all that,” Rodriguez said. “In my opinion, I don’t think that was the right move to sign Jose Reyes. You already have an All-Star shortstop, why spend money on another All-Star shortstop? Why not put the money into another player, like Albert Pujols or a front-line pitcher?”
When asked if Ramirez can be a success third baseman, Rodriguez said absolutely.
“I will say yes,” he said. “He will be a very successful third baseman. I think it will make him a better offensive player. If he wants to make that adjustment, and commit to that new position, I think he will be a very solid third baseman.
“If he’s willing to do that, I think the Marlins, in that case, are taking that right approach. If they move him to third base, that left side of the field is going to be one of the best, if not the best offensive production in the big leagues.”
— Joe Frisaro