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Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:30 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 4:34 pm

By Matt Snyder

Has new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen successfully completed his first tough task as a manager? It sure sounds like it.

After the Marlins acquired shortstop Jose Reyes with a fat free agency contract, speculation swirled that incumbent shortstop Hanley Ramirez was angry with the situation -- and one report even suggested he demanded a trade. So Guillen was tasked with making Ramirez comfortable with the move. And here's a quote from Ramirez which directly covers the situation (from via

"I've talked with Guillen, and what we both want is to win with the Marlins. When January arrives, we'll see what happens with the position change and everything else. If it's at third, fine. Wherever they put me, I'll do it in order to win."

So, at least for the time being, it sounds like Ramirez is going to move to third and be a team player.

Assuming everyone is healthy (and, yes, happy), the Marlins appear to have a pretty stout lineup. If no more moves are made, the opening day lineup could be:

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1. Reyes, SS
2. Emilio Bonifacio, CF
3. Ramirez, 3B
4. Mike Stanton, RF
5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6. Logan Morrison, LF
7. Omar Infante, 2B
8. John Buck, C
9. Josh Johnson, SP

That's strong. Of course, the NL East looks to be very tough this season, as the Nationals are also on the rise and the Phillies and Braves both look to remain toward the top of the division. It's looking like the fourth-place team in the division is going to be a very good one.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:19 pm

Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

The Marlins have done several things uncharacteristically well lately; They have a new stadium, and they chose the perfect manager for the team in Ozzie Guillen, not only as a capable field face of a young and previously less than motivated team, but as THE best chance of getting Hanley Ramirez to put his head where his talent is. The Marlins also have spent a lot of money on personnel that make sense for both productivity AND public relations...ALL moves that give them the BEST chance at getting what they TRULY need most- more fans in the seats. 

The Marlins have done their part this it's up to the fans to hold up their end.  

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:30 am
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Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:02 am

Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

As much as the national media harped on this "Hanley is upset" story in an effort to blow it up into a huge story, why aren't they now trying to report this latest thing and blow it up too? Can it be only because this confirms that the Red Sox won't have a chance at getting Hanley Ramirez, so ESPN doesn't want to talk about it?

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:23 am

Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

This blows up in Ozzie's face and Ramirez is gone by June 30th.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:20 am

Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

Oh, The Don Rey, next time check your stats before making such an outrageous claim. Matt Dominguez has never had an OPS over .753 and kept up that praiseworthy standard in 2011 by keeping his OPS at .743 in New Orleans last season. Fine glove, maybe, but Dominguez stands no chance of ever matching Hanley's offense at any level. Hanley is a Top Ten player in all of baseball. Show some appreciation of real talent rather than dismissing him, a la Billy Beane, for the next guy in line. Here's hoping Hanley's 2011 injuries are completely behind him and his dynamic ability returns to the field full time in 2012.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:42 pm

Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

Well Hanley better be, because there is a guy named Matt Dominguez who is a far superior defensive player and has the potential to match Hanley's power numbers for far less money. And he probably has a better attitude too.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:30 pm

Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

Give me Hanley's salary and I'll play third, and then after the games I'll do the laundry, make the team meal and drive the bus back to the hotel.  I might not be able to hit like he does but hey, for that kind of money, anything you want, I'm there!

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:11 pm

Hanley Ramirez sounds OK with position change

Dont forget the power house Mets!!!Cry

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