White Sox reportedly drawing interest in Ramirez
The White Sox are receiving plenty of interest regarding shortstop Alexei Ramirez, according to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, with three big-market teams in need of a shortstop — the Mets, Yankees and Dodgers — chief among them.
The Mets and White Sox would line up particularly well in a deal involving Ramirez, as Levine writes. The White Sox need right-handed starting pitching, and the Mets have young right-handed starters in abundance, including Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero.
In MLB.com’s Hot Stove preview, Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo mentioned that the Mets might give Wilmer Flores the job as everyday shortstop next season and seem hesitant to part with young pitchers like Syndergaard, Montero, Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom.
Ramirez, 33, is an intriguing target for all three of those teams, including the Mets, in part because of his affordable contract. He’s owed $10 million in 2015 with a $10 million option (or $1 million buyout) for 2016.
Ramirez has played exactly 158 games in each of the past four seasons. He hit .273/.305/.408 with 15 homers, 74 RBIs and 21 steals while making the AL All-Star team last year. He’s a career .277/.314/.405 hitter in seven years with the White Sox.
Of course, there are potential alternatives on the trade market (Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, possibly) and a couple free agents, Hanley Ramirez and Asdrubal Cabrera, with questions about whether they can continue to man the position.
Ramirez likely would bring back a good package of talent for the White Sox, but they don’t necessarily have an in-house replacement in line until 2013 Draft pick Tim Anderson is ready.
MLB.com’s Scott Merkin ran through Chicago’s options with Ramirez at length last month.