Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins

By Bryan Lutz

When the Miami Marlins want to have a firesale, by god they are going to have a firesale. It’s 2:42AM – my time anyways – but the baseball world doesn’t sleep. Disgruntled SS/3B Hanley Ramirez is being shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with LOOGY Randy Chote for Nathan Eovaldi and prospect Scott McGough.

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There were rumors swirling that Hanley Ramirez was on the block today, with as much as five teams interested in the former batting champion, but I guess the Marlins wanted to move away from Hanley Ramirez as soon as possible. The 2012 season has been such a disaster for the Miami Marlins, but I can’t say I’m not enjoying it, especially with Ozzie Guillen as their manager. So I’m enjoying the angry firesale about as much as any nonpartisan fan could enjoy it.

Ok, so Hanley Ramirez is a Dodger now, what does that mean? Well, it means the Dodgers have upgraded their shortstop situation. Although Hanley Ramirez is a shell of his former self, he’s still better than Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz, although Cruz is on a nice little hot streak. So if the Dodgers stay with Cruz at short, they can easily replace Juan Uribe with Hanley Ramirez at third base.

A lot of fans expected Hanley Ramirez to bounce back this season after being terrible last year, but that hasn’t been the case. His .246/.322/.430/.752 slash-line is pathetic compared to his career slash-line of .300/.374/.499, so Dodgers’ fans have to hope a change of scenery will help.

I know if I was a Dodgers’ fan I would be cautiously optimistic. Hanley Ramirez is only 28 years old, so it’s hard to imagine all his talents disappeared in South Beach before hitting the age of 30.

Ramirez has two more years left on his contract for a total of  $31.5 million, which is why the Dodgers gave up very little when it comes to players.

Bryan is a featured writer for Rant Sports. Although he concentrates mostly on the game of baseball, you can find him covering things all over the Rant Sports Network.

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