Hanley Ramirez batted .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2014. (Getty Images)
did not accept the Dodgers’ qualifying offer by the Monday afternoon deadline, making him a free agent.
Ramirez was not expected to take the qualifying offer, a one-year $15.3 million contract for 2015, which would have amounted to a pay cut from his 2014 salary. No player has accepted his team’s qualifying offer in the three years since it became an option.
Though he played exclusively at shortstop in 2014, Ramirez’s future is seen at either as a corner infielder, corner outfielder, or designated hitter in the American League. Since the Dodgers are set at those positions for next season (and don’t have the option of using a designated hitter), they are not expected to try to entice Ramirez with a multiyear contract.
According to various reports, and even his own Twitter bio, Ramirez is open to changing positions. That could make him a very desirable player in a free-agent market lacking right handed power hitters.
Is Hanley Ramirez willing to switch positions for his next team?
This isn’t the Dodgers’ most pressing concern at the moment, but it was interesting to see that Ramirez changed his Twitter bio Monday morning from “MLB shortstop” to “MLB player.”
We promise not to make this a daily update … unless Hanley changes his mind again.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, one of the first orders of business for the Dodgers’ new front office includes trading an outfielder.
There’s no surprise there. What’s interesting is the names on the trade list.
The Dodgers never shopped their outfielders aggressively under former general manager Ned Colletti. Now it seems front-office shakeup could be followed by a shakeup of the major league roster.
Hanley Ramirez dropped a strong hint in a series of tweets Thursday that he will not accept the Dodgers’ qualifying offer, a $15.3 million contract for 2015.
Ramirez has said in the past that he takes a hands-off approach to contract negotiations. While he’s expressed his two cents to the world on Twitter — and likely to his agents, Adam Katz Andy Mota — Ramirez’s camp has not formally rejected the qualifying offer, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
This seems to be a matter of time. Ramirez has until the end of the week to decide, and might just be taking his time. It’s more likely that his agents are negotiating with other teams than mulling the qualifying offer at this point.
As expected, it looks like Hanley Ramirez will reject the Dodgers’ $15.3 million qualifying offer and become a free agent. At least, that was the logical conclusion after Ramirez all but renounced his ties to the Dodgers in a series of tweets Thursday:
Ramirez also changed his Twitter bio to read “MLB shortstop,” taken from the business card of a man who knows what position he wants to play but doesn’t care where.
Alexei Ramirez has a .277 batting average, 99 home runs and 118 stolen bases in seven major league seasons, all with the Chicago White Sox. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers might have a Ramirez at shortstop next year after all.
According to a report on CBSChicago.com, the Dodgers are one of at least three teams that have inquired on White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The New York Yankees and New York Mets (“the most aggressive [team] in their pursuit of a shortstop over the past 12 months”) are also mentioned in the report.
Farhan Zaidi will become the 11th general manager in Dodgers history. (Getty Images)
In case you missed it, the Dodgers are expected to name Farhan Zaidi their next general manager at some point this week. Compared to many assistant general managers, much was written about Zaidi during his 10 years (2005-14) with the Oakland A’s.
Former Dodgers catcher Russell Martin batted 290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014.
The signing of Ryan Jackson and the release of Scott Elbert yesterday put the Dodgers’ 40-man roster at 36 Monday. Today is the first day free agents can sign with any club. With four empty roster spots, what should Andrew Friedman do?
Here are four free ideas:
The Dodgers claimed shortstop Ryan Jackson off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Monday.
Jackson, 26, was playing for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in April when he suffered a serious wrist injury that required surgery. He returned to play two Triple-A games at the end of August.
A 2009 draft pick out of the University of Miami, Jackson has two hits in 24 career at-bats, all with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 and 2013.
The Dodgers have 36 players on their 40-man roster.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
Scott Elbert, who journeyed back from Tommy John surgery to capture an unlikely playoff roster spot in 2014, has elected free agency and been removed from the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
Elbert, 29, was designated for assignment in June, went unclaimed, and pitched his way back onto the Dodgers’ roster for a September call-up. He made seven regular-season appearances and allowed only one run, then was a surprise selection to the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In his only postseason appearance, Elbert gave up a two-run home run to the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong in Game 3 of the series, a 3-1 Dodgers loss.
In six major-league seasons, Elbert has made 127 appearances, all out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. He has a 4-3 record and a 3.57 earned-run average.
Elbert was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2004.