Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins attempts to catch a ground ball against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez Ready To Handle Third Base

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Hanley Ramirez Officially Fine With Third Base

Just so we can wrap this all up in a neat little package, all that stuff about Hanley Ramirez being really stubborn about his forced move to third base? It's not an issue anymore. Or at least, if it is an issue, Hanley Ramirez is keeping it to himself. From Jon Heyman:

[...] Ramirez's public message was that he loved third base and was looking forward to the challenge. "It's 200 percent OK,'' Ramirez said. "I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my mind. I feel it in my body.''

Asked how he thinks he'll be at third, he said, "Great ... the best.''

It's possible that Ramirez is seething on the inside. He certainly didn't want to be moved off of shortstop, and just because he's accepted it doesn't mean he's thrilled about it. But, what's he going to do? Force a trade? Half-ass everything? Provoke discontent within the clubhouse? He might grumble every now and again, especially as he learns that third basemen get different grounders than shortstops do, but Ramirez probably isn't going to do anything too destructive. That would be, in a word, stupid.

How Hanley Ramirez's glove adjusts to third base will be a worthwhile story to follow. How Hanley Ramirez's brain adjusts to third base will probably not.


Hanley Ramirez Warming Up To Third Base

It's been some time since the new Marlins acted like the new Marlins, but remember that the new Marlins became known as the new Marlins for a reason. For a few reasons. One of them being that the Marlins signed Jose Reyes even though they already had Hanley Ramirez.

Immediately, what everybody knew was that Ramirez would have to slide over to third base. Reyes is the more competent shortstop, and Reyes is the bigger star. Ramirez has had his thoughts about the shift, and few of them have been positive, but from the sounds of things, he's not going to let the move get him down. Tom D'Angelo:

"I never said I’m not going to do it," he said, speaking for the first time about the switch from shortstop. "I’m just happy to be here, be back in the spring with my guys, my teammates, everybody’s happy. That’s what we need. We got to stay together through the year. We’re looking good. This is the best team I have been in six years with the Marlins."

To be honest, this was pretty much never not going to happen. Ramirez wasn't thrilled about being bumped. That's just fine. Why would he be? Over time, he's gotten used to the idea, and he's not so selfish that he'll throw a fit and try to hurt the team. Ramirez knows that the right thing to do is to suck it up and be the best damn third baseman he can be, and that's what it sounds like he's going to do. Of course. Ramirez was always going to be okay with things by opening day. It looks like he'll be okay with things by opening day, if not before then.

This is a bit of drama that never truly got off the ground. Hanley Ramirez wasn't happy about being moved. Then it got better. It will continue to get better. On and on we go.


Ozzie Guillen: Hanley Ramirez "Not 100 Percent On Board" With Move To Third Yet

The key word is "yet," I suppose, but Ozzie Guillen talked about his reluctant third baseman in a video interview posted by the Miami Herald:

If Hanley Ramirez was like, "Yes, I'll move out of here!", I'd be like "Hrmmmm." But he was upset ... we got a guy here (Jose Reyes) who's pretty good too. I want him to understand where ... where we're coming from.

As funny -- intentionally and not -- as Guillen can be, it's an understanding approach. Where I'd be tempted to use adjectives like "petulant", "whiny", and "clanky" when it comes to Ramirez's disapproval of his new role, Guillen takes the reaction as a sign of Ramirez's confidence. Hanley thinks he's a great shortstop. Great shortstops should be annoyed when they're asked to move. Makes sense.

I'm thinking that if a) the Marlins do well, and b) Hanley plays a decent third base, we'll forget this was a thing by the end of April. But if Hanley struggles with the transition -- or if Reyes doesn't help the team win -- there could be some smoldering resentment for Guillen to deal with.


Hanley Ramirez: Third Base Is 'Fine'

Remember when the Miami Marlins spent a gob-ton of money to sign shortstop José Reyes?

Yeah, probably. That was just a few weeks ago.

Remember when Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramírez was one of the best players in the National League?

Yeah, probably. That was just a few years ago. Somehow it seems like longer, though. Which is presumably why the Marlins have devoted a significant percentage of their financial resources to a new, different shortstop.

But the old shortstop still has three years and $46.5 million on his contract, so he has to play somewhere. It wasn't until 2012 that we've finally received some word that Ramírez won't have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, the 30 or 40 feet to third base.

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro:

Ramírez offered this comment to Dionisio Soldevila of The Associated Press: "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."

This sentiment was probably inevitable. Most players in Ramírez's position -- and not just the truly great team guys like Michael Young -- ultimately come to the same conclusion, whether on their own or with the help of an agent.

The real question has never really been whether or not Ramírez would play third base. The real question has always been, and remains, whether or not he'll ever hit again and run again like he used to.


Jose Reyes Contract Details Released

The Miami Marlins wore an old coat that they haven't worn in a while, and it turns out that there was several hundred million dollars in it. Don't you just love it when that happens? Also, the coat was covered in teal sequins.

The Marlins used that money early in free agency, pouncing on the best available shortstop on the market, Jose Reyes. We knew that he had signed for six years and $106 million, but the actual breakdown of the contract comes as a bit of a surprise. From Ken Davidoff:

Breakdown of Reyes contract with #Marlins: $10 mil, $10 mil, $16 mil, $22 mil, $22 mil, $22 mil. $$22 mil option on '18 with $4 mil buyout.

Reyes will be paid something just over Edgar Renteria money for the first two years of the deal before it shoots up into the stratosphere. There are a couple of possible reasons:

  1. The Marlins, who don't allow no-trade clauses, staggered the money like this to make Reyes less tradeable as he ages, which would be a concession to the Reyes camp.
  2. The Marlins are expecting revenue to go up as the new stadium ages, possibly because the new home run feature will make people brainless slaves who will tithe to the Church of Loria.
  3. The Marlins are expecting $22 million in 2017 money to mean something different than it does in 2012.
  4. The Marlins are going to win the World Series soon, possibly steamrolling the Cubs and/or Indians to get there, and afterwards they're going to trade anyone making more than $8.50 an hour, so they might as well limit the payroll damage in the short-term.

Whatever the reason, it's an interesting strategy, as when Reyes starts to get extraordinarily expensive, players like Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison should start to reach free agency. But seeing as the Marlins are going to sign Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Carlos Beltran, Prince Fielder (to play second), and Ryan Madson for 2012 and beyond, the might need the extra money for this season.


Hanley Ramirez Is Rather Fond Of The Shortstop Position

The Miami Marlins just signed free agent shortstop Jose Reyes to a six-year contract. This was somewhat unwelcome news to Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who doesn't want to move.


Jose Reyes To Play Short, Hanley Ramirez To Play Third?

It was a year ago, just before the start of the winter meetings, that the Washington Nationals made a huge splash and signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year contract. This year, just before the start of the winter meetings, the Miami Marlins made a huge splash and signed Jose Reyes to a six-year contract. The Marlins have long seemed like something of an inevitable destination for Reyes, which sounds weird, but on Sunday it all became official.

Of course, the Marlins already had an athletic shortstop in Hanley Ramirez. To get Reyes would mean that the Marlins would have to move Ramirez, either to another position, or in a trade. This is where Jayson Stark comes in handy:

#Marlins people are saying it's still possible Hanley could move to CF. But source close to Hanley says he's already agreed to play 3B.

The Marlins might still trade Ramirez, but that seems unlikely. It would appear that Ramirez will simply slide to his right. The Marlins had holes at both third and center, but it looks like Ramirez will fill the former, while Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan fill the latter. Barring another move. Which, y'know, new Marlins. Who knows?


Report: Jose Reyes, Miami Marlins Agree To Deal

The Miami Marlins made a huge free-agent splash on Sunday, signing shortstop Jose Reyes to a six-year, $106 million deal.


Report: Marlins Offer Jose Reyes Six Years, $90 Million

On Sunday, there was a report — apparently premature — that free agent shortstop Jose Reyes had signed with the Miami Marlins.

Today, Fox Sports reports that the Marlins have made Reyes a contract offer:

The Marlins’ offer to Reyes was six years, $90 million, according to one source; the team is declining comment. Obviously, the offer was not tempting enough for Reyes to accept immediately. But it was only a first offer.

There are a number of factors involved here, not the least of which is that the Marlins already have a pretty good shortstop, Hanley Ramirez. But they might be able to solve that problem:

The Marlins, if they sign Reyes, plan to move shortstop Hanley Ramirez to third base. They have not discussed the possibility of moving Ramirez to center field, still viewing him as an infielder, sources say.

However, as Rob Neyer wrote earlier today, Ramirez isn’t very excited about that. However, according to the Fox Sports article, Reyes could be very interested in signing in Miami, because:

… the free-agent shortstop is intrigued not only by playing in Miami but also by playing for manager Ozzie Guillen, a former major league shortstop.

Another advantage for the Marlins is that Reyes, after spending his entire career with the Mets, no longer would play his home games in cold or inclement weather.

As always, we await further developments.


Hanley Ramirez Not Thrilled About Making Way For Jose Reyes

The Miami Marlins are reportedly hot for José Reyes, which is fantastic except for the Marlins already having a pretty good shortstop who's under contract through 2014. And maybe he doesn't wanna move.


Jose Reyes Isn't On The Marlins Yet, But He Probably Will Be

On Sunday, there was a report that Jose Reyes already was a Miami Marlin. Even though that news hasn't come true quite yet, expect it soon. Maybe.

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