After an offseason of big spending, the re-tooled Miami Marlins currently sit seven games back in NL East and have six teams ahead of them in the Wild Card chase. This is also considering the Fish finished out Thursday 3 games under the .500 mark at 33-36 with their loss to the Boston Red Sox.
But based off the offseason that they had and the amount of money that was spent, it’s hard to believe that they’ll be pure sellers when the MLB trade deadline rolls around. However that doesn’t mean they won’t be fielding offers.
With the addition of short stop Jose Reyes, infielder Hanley Ramirez was the focus of rumors saying that the Marlins could indeed trade Ramirez prior to the beginning of the season. Could the Marlins once again though look at trading the still talented infielder?
Trading Ramirez though will surely be difficult considering the $31.5 million dollars he’s still owed after this season and the fact that he really hasn’t been a big offensive contributor for the past year and a half. This however could simply be remedied with a new team, a fresh start and the promise of once again being a full-time shortstop.
The idea of Ramirez being on the trade block would certainly interest various teams looking for middle infield help, including both Los Angeles teams and the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers have had their troubles with the middle infield position all season as Jhonny Peralta hasn’t been producing from the plate like he did last season while the second base position has almost been non-existent from an offensive standpoint. Instead of addressing second base via trade, could the Tigers simply acquire Ramirez and shift Peralta over to second?
It doesn’t seem that far fetched.
Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to spend money and considering the fact that Ilitch is in his early 80’s the Tigers without a doubt have a win now mentality. Still though $31.5 million dollars after this season is a lot to contend with not to mention the Marlins will probably be looking for pieces in return that can play right away. Lets also not forget a deal involving Ramirez may exhaust all of the Tigers’ trade resources and prevent them from addressing other areas of need on the roster, such as the starting rotation.