As we get closer and closer to the MLB Trade Deadline, the trade rumors get bigger and bigger.
For the Chicago White Sox, rumors regarding just about every one of their valuable trade assets have started to heat up. The most recent buzz has both right-fielder Alex Rios and shortstop Alexei Ramirez heading to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Rios, who’s drawing interest from various teams, has been the most talked about Pale Hose player as we near the deadline, and he seems to be headed to a new city come July 31.
Ramirez, on the other hand, is certainly someone GM Rick Hahn is fielding offers for, but the likelihood the 31-year-old shortstop is dealt seems much smaller than that of Rios. However, this could, and should, change very quickly.
Although he’s still under contract until 2015 with a club option for 2016, in my opinion, Ramirez is someone Hahn and the White Sox should seriously consider dealing before the deadline.
Overall, Ramirez has struggled in 2013. His production from the plate — .286 AVG, one HR, 21 RBI — has definitely taking a hit in regards to power and run production. His 1 HR is second to last in the AL for starting shortstops, while his 21 RBI are last for AL starting shortstops. And although he’s already tied a career high for stolen bases (20) this year, he’s also already committed two more errors than he did all of last season. His 14 errors tie him for the most of any shortstop in the MLB.
What Ramirez does provide for Chicago is trade value. As long as the Hahn and the White Sox are able to add some impact talent in exchange for Ramirez, this year’s deadline seems like the perfect time to deal their veteran shortstop.