Latest Update Hanley Ramirez is drawing interest from the Houston Astros. Tue Nov, 11, 11:14 AM
A supremely gifted ballplayer and athlete, he's always a threat for batting titles. Has a big frame with top-tier power, but also speed, mobility, hands and coordination. Can take a walk and steal bases. A natural shortstop, he can also toil at the hot corner.
Flaws: : Strikes out too much. Doesn't always hustle and is error-prone in the field. Needs to improve his attitude, since he has displayed signs of immaturiry. Wants to play shortstop, but is better at third nowadays. Is somewhat prone to injuries at this stage of his career.
Ramirez would be an interesting investment for the Astros. He would be an instant upgrade to either Matt Dominguez at third or Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop and would slot well in the heart of the order. The only concern the team may have is his potential influence on the youngsters. One of the reasons the Marlins sent him packing was because of his inability to be a leader in the clubhouse and positive role model for some of the kids just making their way up to the big leagues. If he's matured and that is no longer a concern, he could be worth the money it would cost Houston to acquire him. Analyst: Howard Bender
Ramirez would be a huge upgrade at short for Seattle, as the trio of Chris Taylor, Brad Miller and Willie Bloomquist are not all that exciting. Of course, his health is always an issue, as he only played 128 games last season after being limited to 86 games in 2013, his first full season in LA.Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson
This is not surprising as Hanley will be asking for a $100 million free agent deal. The qualifying offer this winter is one year, $15.3 million. The 30-year-old infielder is now tied to draft pick compensation, but that shouldn't hurt his market too much. Seattle is among the clubs known to have serious interest. Analyst: Drew Phelps
The Mariners shortstops hit .242 with a .655 OPS this season which would make Ramirez, who is among the best hitting shortstops in baseball, a huge upgrade at the position. The Mariners finished third in the AL West with an 87-75 record but the addition of HanRam would certainly add a few more wins to that total.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba