Jun 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstopAlexei Ramirez
(10) singles in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Multiple media outlets are reporting the Los Angeles Dodgers are in talks with the Chicago Whtie Sox to trade for Alexei Ramirez, who has one year left on his current contract.
In a Bleacher Report article by Matt Fitzgerald (a feature columnist for the site) it says the following:
"“Alexei Ramirez has been linked to multiple teams during the offseason as possible trade target.”"
Bob Nightengale of The USA Today tweeted the Dodgers are “aggressively pursuing” Ramirez.
I’ll be honest I’m a little torn on this, but I completely understand why the White Sox must trade the All-Star shortstop if they can improve in other areas of their roster.
This past season, Ramirez batted .273 with a .305 on-base percentage and .408 slugging percentage. Ramirez finished with 15 home runs, 74 RBIs, and 35 doubles. Ramirez also had two triples. He was also an All-Star for the first time and a Gold Glove Award finalist.
For his career (seven seasons) Ramirez has a batting average of .277 with 480 RBIs and 99 home runs.
The White Sox need some help in the outfield, plus they also could use some pitching help as well, and Ramirez might be able to solve that problem with a trade of the shortstop.
They, the White Sox, have enough infield help in the minors to go ahead with this change, but losing Ramirez would be a tough blow for the team, in terms of losing a veteran SS who knows how to play the game the right way.
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It will be very interesting to see whom the White Sox end up with if they do, in fact, make a trade. Andre Ethier or even Matt Kemp to a degree would be a good fix for a White Sox team that wants to compete now, with a mix of younger players and some veterans.
Maybe well know more by the end of the day.