Dodgers targeting A. Ramirez
The Dodgers are “aggressively pursuing” a trade for White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, according to a tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
The Dodgers are expected to let incumbent shortstop Hanley Ramirez depart via free agency and they are reportedly now setting their sights on A. Ramirez. The White Sox shortstop has a favorable remaining contract, as he’s owed $10 million next season and has a $10 million club option for 2016.
He’s coming off a strong all-around season in which he posted a .273/.305/.408 line with 15 home runs, 74 RBI and 21 steals. Alexei Ramirez also presents a much more durable option than the oft-injured Hanley Ramirez, as the White Sox shortstop has played at least 156 games in five straight seasons and never less than 136 over his seven years in the big leagues.
The trade rumors also seem to indicate that the Dodgers aren’t ready quite yet to hand over the shortstop reins to Erisbel Arruebarrena, the club’s current backup.
— Paul Casella