A’s Interested in Hanley Ramirez
Yesterday the rumor mill discussed the A’s being interested in Chase Headley to improve the left side of their infield. Today, the discussion is that the A’s are going after Miami’s Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez who is going to be paid a whopping $15.5M next year and $16M the following in 2014, is hitting .246/.322/.430 with a .330 wOBA and 104 wRC+. Those numbers are not the numbers you want from someone being paid $15M this season. The Marlins, historically a franchise selling off assets as salary dumps, would seemingly be required to pay part of his salary to make any deal, particularly one with Oakland.
The A’s production from the left side of the infield has been atrocious. Third basemen have hit .184/.230/.333 but I imagine that Ramirez would slot in at shortstop where the A’s have received a .184/.244/.273 slash line primarily from Cliff Pennington now on the disabled list with what is being called “left elbow tendinitis”. The A’s, if they do actively pursue HanRam, should be able to get him for less than Headley as the terms of his contract aren’t near as friendly. But Ramirez has seen declining production for two straight years. Last year he was a 1.3 WAR player in 385 plate appearances, and while this year he has played in a similar 391 plate appearances he is just a 1.4 WAR player now. A far cry from the Ramirez who in 2008 and 2009 had back to back 7.5 WAR and 7.4 WAR seasons. To imagine that Ramirez can again somehow become those players is in my mind faulty thinking, especially if he goes to a pitcher’s park like Oakland. This is one move I hope Billy Beane does not make.