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A’s talking trade for Hanley Ramirez

I didn’t get a chance to blog before the game, but here’s the story I wrote earlier about the A’s interest in Hanley Ramirez …

–A quick note on tonight’s game: Jemile Weeks was dropped to ninth in the batting order for the first time this season, and he delivered an RBI triple in the seventh. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a three-run single — yes, a three-run single. The A’s lead 7-1, and Travis Blackley has pitched very well …

Here’s the Ramirez story, and I’m interested to hear what you think of this possibility:

 

The A’s are indeed discussing a possible trade with the Miami Marlins for infielder Hanley Ramirez, but the sides are not close on a deal, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Ramirez, a three-time All-Star who was the National League MVP runner-up in 2009, moved to third base this season after playing shortstop for his first six big league seasons. The A’s appear more serious about upgrading at shortstop — they’ve gotten a combined .184 batting average, four homers and 20 RBIs from the position — than they are at third, so presumably they like Ramirez at short. Cliff Pennington, who has started most of the season there, is on the disabled list as he recovers from left elbow tendinitis.

Ramirez is a career .300 hitter but he’s batting just .246 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs entering Monday.

The A’s, who entered Tuesday’s game at Toronto in the lead for the A.L.’s second wild card spot, look to be buyers as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches next Tuesday. But fitting Ramirez, 28, in green and gold won’t be easy.

He’s making $15 million this season and is due $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014. That would be a huge financial commitment for the A’s to take on, even though they don’t have heavy payroll obligations right now. Figure that the Marlins would have to kick in a significant portion of cash to cover some of Ramirez’s contract for the A’s to pull the trigger. And that’s assuming the A’s have the prospects the Marlins are looking for. Several other teams are also interested in Ramirez.

Another potential shortstop for the A’s was in the opposing dugout Tuesday night. The Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar is potentially available at a much more reasonable salary. Escobar, 29, is making $5 million and will make the same amount next year. The Blue Jays also hold $5 million options on him for 2014 and 2015. The A’s have been linked to Escobar, whose strength is his excellent defense.

In other news, Double-A outfielder Michael Choice, one of the A’s top prospects, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken hand after he was struck by a pitch.

Joe Stiglich

  • crister

    I guess that’s one way to get guys who won’t come to Oakland as a free agent. Considering that Ramirez produced in that crappy old ballpark, then it’s reasonable to think that hitting in Oakland shouldn’t be a problme for him. if in fact this season’s suckiness isn’t a sign of something else and that he’s not going to be a wet blanket with playing in front of small crowds.

  • Stan

    The A’s can afford him..you said so. With this season being lightning in a bottle they should go for it..what they do with him in two years?..that’s been the problem..no hurry for today.

  • rick

    I am more I interested in what we would have to give up… Also, really interested in knowing what the plan for Brett Anderson is this year? I’d hate to take anyone out of the rotation right now, and i think we need to hang on to colon for his experience and intangibles. Would Melvin ever consider a 6 man rotation for the last two months? It would give all the youngsters a little break on their arms and give Anderson a bit more rest between starts. Just a thought…

  • Str8 A’s

    if they dont give up the farm for him and either they can send some salary back to marlins or have marlins pay part of his salary, they should definitely consider it. This will definitely help A’s make that push for the playoffs. Even though he’s currently not having a fantastic season but he’s still doing better than all the SS combine..I am a lil worried if he becomes a cancer to the team but I’m sure the team won’t let that happen. Go for it!

  • Xraided

    i say go after Headley if you’re going to spend that much! although Ramirez is the cure for short stop … tough call… make it happen Billy!

  • Joe Stiglich

    In response to your question, Rick, Melvin said recently that a six-man rotation has yet to be discussed.